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18 May 2017

Businesses Move to Revitalize Atlanta's West End

The West End community has long been an historic contributor to Atlanta's social, economic and cultural growth. A group of business leaders are looking to jump start West End's continued impact on the city with a new community improvement district (CID) to serve the area.

(Commercial property owners, including the owners of West End Mall, in the Historic West End community of Atlanta are looking to revitalize the area.)
Members of the West End Merchants Coalition recently secured certification from the Fulton County Tax Commissioner for the creation of the new Historic West End CID. Nickel Works Consulting, a CID specialist, is leading the formation effort.

A community improvement district is a self-taxing area authorized by the Georgia Constitution (Article IX, Section VII) to provide one or more of the following government services and/or facilities:
  • Street and road construction and maintenance, including curbs, sidewalks, street lights, and devices to control the flow of traffic on streets and roads;
  • Parks and recreational areas and facilities;
  • Storm water and sewage collection and disposal systems;
  • Development, storage, treatment, purification and distribution of water;
  • Public transportation;
  • Terminal and dock facilities and parking facilities; or
  • Such other services and facilities as may be provided for by general law.
Nickel Works Consulting principal Nicole Hall says commercial property owners are voluntarily increasing their property taxes in support of economic development, project planning and infrastructure enhancements. Companies committing to the West CID include H.J. Russell, Selig Enterprises, HT Group (West End Mall), Willie Watkins Mortuary, Wells Fargo, McDonald’s Corporation and Elexis Realty.

“The West End CID formation will lead to increased opportunity for future re-investment in this historic community," said Jerome Russell.

Russell is President of H.J. Russell and Company.

"We want to show the community, locally and city-wide, the West End is primed for a resurgence and local property owners are vested financially in seeing the community thrive once again,” Russell said.