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17 July 2014

Airport West Community Improvement District Becomes a Reality After Election of New Board

After much delay, the Airport West Community Improvement District (CID) is finally a reality.

The new CID recently completed one of its first official acts – election of organizational leadership and officers. The district’s member property owners selected the following individuals to the inaugural Board of Directors:

(Airport West CID Board of Directors [from left to right]: Mark Spanka, Kali Wilson Beyah, Chris Brown, Vance Burgess, Natalie Martin, Josh Warthman, Stuart Gulley and Austin McDonald. Board Members not present for photo include Kevin Parrish, Shannon James and a future appointee from the City of Atlanta.)
  • Chair, Natalie Martin: Duke Realty, Senior Property Manager
  • Vice-Chair, Vance Burgess: Chick-Fil-A, Real Estate Legal
  • Treasurer, Kevin Parrish: Wells Fargo Bank, Vice President
  • Secretary, Shannon James: SunTrust Bank, Vice President
  • Member, Mark Spanka: Marriott Atlanta Airport, General Manager
  • Member, Austin McDonald: McDonald Development Company, Chief Operating Officer
  • Member, Joshua Warthman: The Parking Spot, Regional Manager
  • Member, Chris Brown: Duke Realty, Senior VP
  • Member, Kali Beyah: Delta Airlines, General Legal Counsel
The journey towards creating Fulton County's newest CID began in June 2013, when organizers submitted written consent from property owners representing at least 75 percent by value of all real property within the CID. Questions came from Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand about whether the community improvement district was compliant with state law. The law was changed, and now the Airport West CID is fully functional and operational.

Nicole Hall of Nickel Works Consulting LLC will serve as CID Administrator in an interim capacity. Hall said immediate improvements will include upgrades to landscaping, public safety and way-finding signage in the hotel district near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“We are grateful to receive overwhelming support from property owners as well as our elected and community leaders,” Hall said. “We have hit the ground running to plan and achieve key objectives benefiting the first CID serving Atlanta’s Aerotropolis area.”

District boundaries extend west to east from Camp Creek Parkway at Merk Road to the airport/Clayton County line. The CID continues north to south along I-85 from Virginia Avenue to Best Road and Main Street, including Buffington Road at Naturally Fresh Boulevard.

The CID accounts for 174 owners, including 140 commercial and 32 industrial. The district’s assessed value exceeds $322 million with a program budget of more than $1.6 million. The CID includes areas in the cities of Atlanta, College Park and East Point along with unincorporated Fulton County. A board appointment representing the City of Atlanta is forthcoming.