Sidewalk Subsidy Program

Believe it or not, the Inman Park Sidewalk Committee formed in late 2001 to salvage our deteriorating sidewalks. Through our council woman, Debi Starnes, we secured an initial grant of $57,000 to jumpstart our program. We started with a long swath of sidewalk on Lake Avenue and from there began offering subsidies to Inman Park neighbors. Once the grant ran out, IPNA established a budget to subsidize the sidewalk program. To date, we have re-laid over 150 individual sidewalks and five community sidewalks on almost every street in the neighborhood.Walkable

We are particularly proud of the streets like Alta, Austin, Euclid, Hale and Waverly where so many neighbors have participated in the program that we have entire blocks that are new and more walkable. That has been by design: the subsidy rewards contiguous neighbors who get their sidewalks repaired by granting higher subsidies. The standard subsidy is 50%, but 2 contiguous neighbors receive a 55% subsidy, and 3 or more contiguous neighbors receive a 60% subsidy.

Here’s how the program works:

Homeowners request to be placed on the list by contacting Millie Astin at mcastin@bellsouth.net

  1. Our contractor provides an estimate for the work.
  2. Homeowners decide whether they wish to proceed.
  3. Our contractor sends homeowner contracts and city paperwork.
  4. Homeowners return the paperwork along with their portion of the cost.
  5. Our contractor obtains city permits and work commences.
  6. After all work is completed and has passed city inspection, IPNA pays the subsidy to the contractor.
This year, we have plans to complete 10 sidewalks, but have funds for 2-3 more. If you want to be added to this year’s program, send an email request to Millie Astin at mcastin@bellsouth.net with the following information:
  1. your name
  2. address
  3. best phone number
  4. email address
  5. current sidewalk material (brick, pavers, stamped concrete, or concrete) of your sidewalk and that of the neighbors on either side

We are very excited that Lifelong Inman Park is partnering with the Sidewalk Committee in our efforts to make Inman Park more beautiful and easier to navigate!

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