Seventeen months after resigning as city manager of Avondale Estates, Clai Brown announced he’s running for mayor.
Unlike the BOMC, the URA can issue a bond anticipation note for financing five projects the city has given top priority. By issuing a BAN, the city has the ability to borrow money for those projects without needing the voter approval required by a general obligation bond.
Avondale Estates’ Board of Mayor of Commissioners is voting this week on whether to create an Urban Redevelopment Area, a board that, unlike the BOMC, can issue a bond anticipation note for financing projects that the city has given top priority.
The city also has plans to add bike lanes, wider sidewalks and create shorter crossings across 278, thus making downtown more accessible to residents south of the hedges.
Avondale Estates’ commission recently chose Stacia Familo-Hopek to fill the remaining vacancy on he city’s Downtown Development Authority.
Preliminary plans for the property, which the city closed on last year, include two retail/restaurant buildings fronting 278 and, behind them, a “town green,” of two to 2.5 acres that could feature an amphitheater and a pedestrian-only path that’s now Franklin Street.
Avondale Estates, which boasts village charm and access to MARTA, is finally seeing a surge in growth.
Avondale Estates in its proposed reconfiguration of U.S. 278 is submitting a concept report to the Georgia Department of Transportation. The three-quarter mile stretch from Sams Crossing to Ashton Place is a state highway, and GDOT has final approval of any changes.
Elmore was initially elected when he beat four other candidates in a March 2015, special election to fill the vacancy left by Ed Rieker’s resignation.
“Avondale’s master plan shows it’s trying to grow in a way to allow for more pedestrian traffic, and that’s just perfect for us.”