2022 | FACTBOOK 75
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significant infrastructure project in our history,”
according to the annual report. That
project is expected to reduce congestion
on Barrett Parkway by 22% and increase
access to residential and retail areas within
the district for vehicles and pedestrians. The
project is expected to be completed in 2023.
A study of the Chastain Road corridor,
completed in November 2020, recommended
a suite of improvements the district can
Focused on the portion of Chastain Road
between Big Shanty and Bells Ferry roads,
the study recommended, among other
things, widening the sidewalk to improve
the pedestrian experience and allow for biking,
developing mini-parks and installing
digital kiosks and smart bus shelters.
In 2022, the district will celebrate its 25th
birthday and, hopefully, break ground on
the Barrett Parkway Reliever.
The Gateway Marietta CID’s primary
boundaries are Delk Road and Franklin
Gateway, running north all the way up
Franklin Gateway to South Marietta
The Gateway Marietta CID was formed
in 2014 to charge commercial property
owners within its boundaries — of which
there are now 73 — an extra 5 mills, and
use that money to beautify the area and
enhance its safety.
In July, the district’s board voted to hold
the millage rate at 5 mills. Projecting a 9%
increase in property values, the district
expects to bring in $456,559 in tax revenue,
$38,462 more than it did the previous year.
At that same meeting, the board debated
the merits of a master plan that would
produce a general overview of what sort
of development could fit in the CID and
provide ideas that would help establish
The district is currently in the midst of
another study, one analyzing potential for
“creative placemaking” and signage. A final
report is expected this fall.
Caroline Whaley, the district’s administrator,
called that study Gateway Marietta’s
“biggest endeavor” at the moment. But the
district has taken on other projects in the
It recently completed landscaping on the
Delk and South Marietta Parkway corridors,
and continues to maintain them.
In March, the district extended its contract
with Flock Safety to use four cameras
in the Franklin Gateway area through 2023.
The CID first installed the cameras in
early 2019, and they say the cameras have
been successful in stopping crime.
A 1964 Beechcraft A-23
Musketeer airplane is installed
at Town Center Aviation Park
in October 2020.