Proposed Downtown Boundary Changes
Founded in 1976 and chartered by the Georgia Assembly, the Athens Downtown Development Authority’s mission is to promote, to maintain, and to enhance a safe and economically viable central business district by focusing both public and private resources on the fulfillment of downtown's potential to benefit the entire community.
The Downtown boundary was also set by the General Assembly in 1976 and has not changed since. The map in blue represents the current legal downtown boundary: All of the properties in blue fall into the ADDA tax district. Based on the Athens Downtown Master Plan, however, discussion has arisen over whether to broaden the perimeters of downtown Athens, in order to expand the area the ADDA can serve. The second map shows the area used in the Master Plan.
The State General assembly will ultimately render this decision, following public discussion, information-gathering and -sharing, and education.
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