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Lawmakers: City Emerald Trail project to receive $140 million in federal money

U.S. Reps. Aaron Bean and John Rutherford say in a letter the trail “has the potential to be a catalyst for economic development.”

By Dan Macdonald | 7:07 p.m. March 11, 2024

The city’s Emerald Trail park project will receive more than $140 million in federal dollars, U.S. Rep. Aaron Bean announced March 11.

Bean worked with fellow U.S. Rep. John Rutherford to procure the funding as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation funding initiative.

The Emerald Trail project comprises 30 miles of trails, greenways and parks to connect Downtown Jacksonville with businesses, schools and transit. The trail will connect 14 historical neighborhoods.

“It’s critical that our transportation networks have the infrastructure to keep Floridians safe while they walk, bike and drive,” Bean said in a news release.

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Source: Jaxdailyrecord

Health center development offers innovative model for affordable housing

Published March 3, 2024 at 5:51 AM MST

A new development in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood that combines affordable housing, a health care provider, a pharmacy – and next, a grocery store offering fresh produce – is proving how collaborative partnerships with real community input can meet the needs of historically underserved neighborhoods.

Tepeyac Community Health Center Founder and CEO Jim Garcia said the innovative mix makes it just a little bit easier for people working two and three jobs to meet their family’s basic needs.

“A family that has very limited time during the course of a day or course of a week to go to a medical appointment, or a dental appointment, or get a prescription filled,” said Garcia. “And so, to be able to offer those services all under one roof represents a huge benefit for working families.”

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Source: KUNC News

Surge of new housing around Decatur MARTA hub to continue

JANUARY 17, 2024, 2:28PM| JOSH GREEN

Developers close on financing for next Transit Oriented Development at Avondale station’s doorstep

The push to create housing nodes next to MARTA transit stations across Atlanta and neighboring municipalities continues to make progress.

MARTA officials announced today the development partnership of Columbia Residential and Decatur Housing Authority has closed on financing to build another phase of Transit Oriented Development next to Avondale station on the eastern fringes of Decatur, along MARTA’s Blue Line.

The project, called Decatur East Phase II, is slated to deliver 80 more units of affordable senior housing with direct access to MARTA transit. Expect one and two-bedroom units with amenities designed for seniors who have a range incomes below 80 percent of the area median income, according to project officials.

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Source: Urbanize Atlanta

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