IPNA SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PLAN – A WALKABLE INMAN PARK INITIATIVE

IPNA SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PLAN – A WALKABLE INMAN PARK INITIATIVE

IPNA is stepping up so that you can step out with confidence. You probably have noticed the new sidewalks improving streetscapes throughout Inman Park due to the dedication of our Sidewalk Committee. Thanks to increased IPNA budget allocations and Festival Beer tips, approximately 60K will be spent replace crumbling neighborhood sidewalks during 2017.

The Inman Park Sidewalk Committee was formed in late 2001 to salvage our deteriorating sidewalks by offering subsidies to Inman Park neighbors since the City of Atlanta requires homeowners to maintain their own sidewalks. To date, this committee has managed replacement of over 150 individual sidewalks and five community sidewalks throughout the neighborhood. This year the Sidewalk committee, with support from the Lifelong Inman Park committee, has carefully crafted a three-year implementation plan that addresses:

  1. Need indicated by sidewalk surveys conducted during 2013 and 2016
  2. Development of subsidy program participation criteria 
  3. Preservation of trees based upon Tree Watch and arborist report obtained early 2017
  4. Maximization of available funding from IPNA budget and Festival Beer tips
  5. Collaboration with city officials to maintain park area sidewalks and improve the sidewalk permitting processes
  6. Expansion of subsidy to include not only individual homeowners but also target streets posing greatest risk
  7. Development of subsidy program participation criteria

The first year of the plan (2017) subsidizes two groups of homeowners:
A).   Individual homeowner applicants to the IPNA Subsidy Program. The standard subsidy is 50%, but two (2) contiguous neighbors receive a 55% subsidy, and three (3) or more contiguous neighbors receive a 60% subsidy. The application process for the IPNA Subsidy Program is explained below. Eight (8) applicants are moving forward with replacement during 2017.

B).   Target street homeowner applicants to the IPNA Subsidy Program. Target streets were identified by considering degree of disrepair, visibility, traffic, danger, and available funds. Target street homeowners will have the opportunity for a 70% subsidy if all residents in the designated zone apply to participate. The subsidy decreases to 65% if one or two residents opt out. The three-year Sidewalk Implementation Plan identifies three (3) target streets:

  • Euclid from Delta to Waverly 
  • Colquitt from Euclid to Sinclair 
  • Lake from Krog to Hale

IPNA Sidewalk Subsidy Program

Here’s how the program works:

  1. Homeowners request to be placed on the list by contacting Millie Astin at mcastin@bellsouth.net. 
  2. Applications are assessed for participation in subsidy program
  3. Contractor provides an estimate for the work.
  4. Homeowners decide whether they wish to proceed.
  5. Contractor sends homeowner contracts and city paperwork.
  6. Homeowners return the paperwork along with their portion of the cost.
  7. Contractor obtains city permits and work commences.
  8. After all work is completed and has passed city inspection, IPNA pays the subsidy to the contractor.

Here’s how to apply for consideration:

Send an email request to Millie Astin at sidewalks@inmanpark.org 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

 -Millie Astin

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