Chamblee, GA, March 1, 2017 – by Renee Turner for The Post – The Buford Highway Master Plan is funded by the Atlanta Regional Commission and the cities of Chamblee and Doraville through a Livable Centers Initiative grant award program. The planning team has held public forums at a number of venues, while keeping the community informed and getting input from area residents and local business owners in order to provide a vision for the corridor.
The team of planners are:
One major stakeholder involved throughout the planning stage has been the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Having been located on Buford Highway for a number of years and as a stakeholder, staff members became a part of the planning team’s steering committee for the study that began in mid 2016. There are four CDC employees who are a part of the Steering Committee listed including: Ken Rose, Bob Weinkle, George Chandler, Scott Kemp. Other stakeholders included as part of the committee include Nexus/Macauley Investments, DeKalb Peachtree Airport, the City of Brookhaven, Plaza Fiesta Shopping Center, ARC, and several area residents.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was asked to participate in the Buford Highway Master Plan (BuHi) by the City of Chamblee because CDC is a large employer in the Chamblee area,” Bernadette Burden, a CDC spokesperson, told The Post on the CDC’s expansion plan for its Chamblee Campus. “As a good neighbor, it’s important for CDC to take into account the planning efforts underway in Chamblee and other local jurisdictions as CDC develops its long-range master plans.”
The CDC plans for expansion includes hiring additional employees and anticipating “a mix of new jobs.” There will also be a relocation plan in place for existing staff from leased space to the CDC’s Chamblee Campus located at 4770 Buford Highway.
“The impact of planning efforts like BuHi are important to CDC and to the local community, and create a two-way street to effectively communicate and coordinate information,” Ms. Burden added.
CDC’s Chamblee Campus Master Plan is still in the planning stage and not yet finalized. The plan will be released for review and comment late this year, according to the spokesperson. At the present time, there is no scheduled timeframe, funding, design team or contractor for the CDC expansion project.
The final BuHi Master Plan is nearing completion. LaKia Bryant, Health Communication Specialist for CDC, provided a tentative date for the presentation of the final plan of April 19, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8 PM, located at 2400 Century Center, Room 1A.