The Silver Comet Trail is one of the landmarks in the Mableton area in South Cobb. If Mableton is declared a Community Improvement District, Mableton business owners would pay for community improvements such as decorative street lighting, gateway and wayfinding signage, landscaping, public safety initiatives, infrastructure projects and recreational improvements. AJC file photo

Mableton may become a Community Improvement District

The Mableton Community Improvement District Partnership has been established to explore the feasibility of creating a CID in the Mableton area.

This partnership is a cooperative effort among District Four Commissioner Lisa Cupid, Cobb Community Development Agency staff and the Mableton Improvement Coalition, according to an Aug. 22 county statement.

“We have seen firsthand in Cobb that CIDs are an excellent way to leverage public-private partnerships to best benefit the community,” Cupid said. “I look forward to working with all partnership members to determine current and future needs and our most productive course of action.”

If established, Mableton CID projects may include decorative street lighting, gateway and wayfinding signage, landscaping, public safety initiatives, infrastructure projects and recreational improvements.

Retail market analysis and studies on redevelopment, planning and engineering also may be included.

“CIDs in Cobb County have a track record of helping stimulate growth and providing needed stimulus for projects within area boundaries,” MIC President Joel Cope said. “This particular proposed CID has the potential to provide a real shot-in-the-arm for development in the Mableton community.”

A CID is a unique mechanism by which local commercial property owners - but not residents - fund improvements within a designated area.

Currently, there are three CIDs in Cobb County – Cumberland, Town Center and Gateway Marietta.

Information: Economic Development Division Manager Michael Hughes at 770-528-2018 or Michael.Hughes@CobbCounty.org

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