Per the press release, LCI's (Livable Center Initiatives)
...help these communities create new plans for quality growth and help develop innovative policies that support more vibrant, connected communities. Once their studies and plans are complete, these communities will be eligible for additional LCI funding for transportation projects needed to implement their plans.
See the press release from the Atlanta Regional Commission at http://www.atlantaregional.com/about-us/news-press/press-releases/0e77e470-34ee-4a38-895e-ff7bd5dc4a0a
Nine Metro area communities received awards, including the corridor around DeKalb Medical Center:
Medline Regional Activity Center
Award amount: $120,000
Sponsor: DeKalb County
Contact: Cedric Hudson, Planning Administrator,
Phone/Email: (404) 371-2789, firstname.lastname@example.org
This study focuses on the area around DeKalb Medical Center and will plan for redevelopment of underutilized and vacant properties to create a variety of housing options and an appropriate mix of commercial, office and retail. The study will incorporate Lifelong Communities concepts and the establishment of a “wellness district” for the DeKalb Medical Center area. Additionally, the plan will address sidewalk and bicycle facilities along the major corridors in the area to create a more walkable center and to improve connections to MARTA bus routes and Emory’s Cliff shuttle.