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West End LCI Update

A collaborative effort between the City of Atlanta District 4 Councilmember Cleta Winslow, District 12 Councilmember Joyce Sheperd, the Department of City Planning and the Atlanta Regional Commission, the West End Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Update will include a revised implementation plan that reflects the community’s vision.

What is the West End LCI?


The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program incentivizes jurisdictions to re-envision commu­nities as vibrant, walkable places that support mobility options, healthy lifestyles, and improved access to jobs, services, and housing. The LCI program provides federal grants for planning studies, and for communities with an adopted LCI Plan, federal grant funding for transportation projects that are identified in the Plan. The LCI program goals are:


  • Providing access to a variety of travel modes including transit, roadways, walking and biking,

  • Encouraging mixed-income residential neighborhoods, employment, shopping and recreation options, and

  • Developing an outreach process that promotes the involvement of all stakeholders.


The original West End Historic District LCI, adopted in 2001, focused on strengthening employment centers, historic districts, community identity, civic spaces, and streetscapes developing strategies for redeveloping properties, targeting infill development, and enhancing connectivity and mobility. While significant process toward achieving those goals has been made, this planning process is an opportunity to revisit the 2001 plan. The updated West End LCI will offer a revised implementation plan reflecting the community’s vision and today’s market conditions.

What are the goals of the 2001 West End LCI?

  • Strengthen the historic districts.

  • Develop alternatives for underutilized or vacant property by encouraging a diversity of medium-density development, employment, shopping and recreation choices at the study area.

  • Encourage focused infill and redevelopment.

  • Connect the transportation system to other centers and expand transportation goals to include traffic calming and truck traffic measures.

  • Develop streetscape and pedestrian/bicycle linkages and provide access to a range of travel modes including transit, roadways, walking and biking and enable access to all uses within the study area.

  • Enhance community identity.

  • Create civic space and focal points; preserve the historical characteristics of the center.

  • Increase employment opportunities.

Review the 2001 LCI plan here.

Where is the West End LCI study area?

The LCI is bounded to the North by Interstate 20 (I-20); to the East by Metropolitan Parkway SW (US-41); and Lee Street; to the south by Donnelly Avenue SW and Beecher Street; and, to the West by Cascade Avenue SW to Muse and Langhorn Streets.

What is the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 Master Plan?

The Atlanta BeltLine (ABI) is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States. In partnership with adjacent and impacted communities, ABI led the effort to create 10 Master Plans to provide a vision for future development, economic investment, and neighborhood improvement within a ½ mile Planning Area established along the 22- mile railroad corridor.

The original Subarea 1 Master Plan was adopted in 2010, and this joint effort will build on the plan by documenting changes in the subarea since the plan’s adoption including new conditions, context, plans, and policies impacting the subarea. The update will also reevaluate and provide recommendations on land use, zoning, and other related development policies to support the City of Atlanta’s transit vision and further implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine. Visit the Atlanta BeltLine website here for more information.

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