Stone Mountain CID March 2018 Newsletter

The Stone Mountain Community Improvement District

Stone Mountain Community Improvement District March 2018 Newsletter

New Businesses
Stone Mountain CID is proud to welcome two new businesses that are moving into the district, Underpriced Furniture and Baytree Landscape.

Underpriced Furniture offers stylish, durable, quality home furnishings at an exceptionally low price. The furniture store was founded in 1986 and is currently located in Norcross, Georgia but decided that moving to Stone Mountain would be advantageous to their business. With the metro Atlanta area growing and traffic congestion proportionately increasing, Underpriced Furniture needed a location with easy access to all the major thoroughfares to deliver furniture anywhere in Atlanta within 90 minutes. Underpriced Furniture will construct its 118,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center at 4473 Sarr Parkway, creating jobs for more than 300 employees and is scheduled to open April 2019.

Baytree Landscape’s executive team has more than 60 years of commercial landscape experience and expertise. Named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top Commercial Landscape Companies List in January 2018, Baytree Landscape’s rank moved up to 9th from its debut at 11th in 2017. This rapid growth has Baytree Landscape relocating from its Chamblee, Georgia office to a Stone Mountain location. Baytree Landscape opened its 5830 E. Ponce de Leon location in March of this year.

Stone Mountain CID sponsors the local independent robotics team, F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Team 4080 – Team Reboot, which competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), is made up of a majority of homeschooled students. The competitors have six weeks to design, build, program and test the robots. Founded in 2012, Team Reboot 4080, they were the 2013 Georgia state champions. The team is currently gearing up for the 2018 competitions with the Peachtree District Qualifier event March 29 at the Infinite Energy Center and the FRC Peachtree State Championship April 4 at the Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia. Good luck Team Reboot 4080!

SMCID Owners’ Meeting Recap
There was a great turnout for the 2018 March CID owner’s meeting! Thank you to all who attended.

To honor the Tucker Precinct Police Department for its hard work in keeping the community safe, the Stone Mountain Community Improvement District presented a $2,000 check to benefit the precinct gym. The check was presented at the bi-annual SMCID owner’s meeting Thursday, March 22, at the Mountain Industrial Boulevard Stars and Strikes.

The Tucker PD has been recognized recently for making arrests and preventing criminal activity that could have escalated into far more dangerous situations. On Thursday, March 8, police stopped a stolen car off of Mountain Industrial Boulevard and discovered four armed males. They were arrested on multiple charges. On Wednesday, March 14, narcotics detectives and precinct officers worked together to arrest drug dealers reportedly operating out of a Mountain Industrial Boulevard Waffle House parking lot. The sting netted the arrest of six suspects who were found with large amounts of illicit drugs and firearms in the vehicle.

The donation will illustrate that the officers’ hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated by the Stone Mountain CID business owners, and will help to support the build out of the precinct gym without the need for added County tax-payer money.

Check presentation from board members, Rusty McKellar, Bill Kaduck, Alan Dishman and Rebekah Coblentz to Sergeant A.T. Shover, Sergeant T. Cribbs, R. Webber, Sergeant CE Cole, Major G.A. Padrick and MPO J. Senter with CID President, Emory Morsberger.

Speakers also included Daniel Studdard from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), who spoke on the $250,000 grant for the CID’s freight study for technology solutions for truck drivers and parking, Tucker’s Mayor, Frank Auman, who congratulated the Tucker PD on a job well done and gave kudos to the CID owners for keeping the community thriving, DeKalb CEO, Michael Thurmond, who addressed the water and pothole situation in the County and President of Decide DeKalb, Ray Gilley, who gave updates on DeKalb partners, the business community and current market growth in the county.


Mountain Industrial Blvd at Hugh Howell Road Intersection Improvements
The Stone Mountain CID aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve traffic flow at the intersection of Mountain Industrial Boulevard and Hugh Howell Road. Funding from GDOT was approved in July 2016 for turn lane additions and the project scope is currently under review for quotes and design fees with DeKalb County and the City of Tucker.

Highway 78 at Mountain Industrial Boulevard Interchange
A Diverging Diamond Interchange at Highway 78 and Mountain Industrial Boulevard was approved by the Stone Mountain CID board, and the design is under review for funding with the GDOT. The CID is conducting additional studies to collect more data so that GDOT can move forward with the concept design.

Gateway Signage at Royal Atlanta Business Park
Stone Mountain Community District Signage is planned for Royal Atlanta Business Park. The installation of granite walls and cor-ten weathering steel was completed in August 2017. The new pole placement and conduit installation to power the sign is awaiting permitting.