Getting Your Bearings
About The Westside TAD
Created in 1992 by the City of Atlanta, Fulton County and the Atlanta School Board, the Westside TAD is located in the center of the City of Atlanta and includes the western portion of the central business district (“Downtown”) and adjacent neighborhoods to the west. As the City of Atlanta’s redevelopment agent, Invest Atlanta is responsible for promoting positive development within the Westside TAD and administering the tax allocation district financing process.
The Westside TAD area is highly accessible, served by multiple MARTA stations, three interstate highways, and the Atlanta Streetcar. The area is characterized by high-density commercial development and is home to the Georgia World Congress Center, Phillips Arena, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Centennial Olympic Park, and the accompanying tourism that comes with such facilities.
The neighborhoods of Vine City and English Avenue to the west are historic single-family communities which have experienced disinvestment and population decline over the past several decades. Westside TAD financial incentives focus on these neighborhoods to improve quality of life for residents in these communities and encourage a more equitable redevelopment future.
Westside TAD Development Objectives
To nurture a vibrant and connected community:
- Enhance "Downtown" tourism and build an entertainment core
- Create and retain jobs
- Support a vibrant office and retail core, including neighborhood retail for residents
- Support new housing for a mix of income levels
- Improve transportation and pedestrian access
To reduce socio-economic distress in surrounding neighborhoods by:
- Providing community amenities for low-income residents
- Reducing the high crime and poverty rates
- Reducing the high housing vacancy rate and redeveloping dilapidated housing stock
Community Builders Program
Community Builders was created in response to growing interest among many residents, business owners and service providers in the Westside neighborhoods of English Avenue, Vine City and portions of Castleberry Hill, to learn how to redevelop vacant, abandoned and blighted commercial and multi-family properties. Community Builders will train Westside stakeholders in core property redevelopment skills. Participants of the program will be selected by the program’s managing team at Invest Atlanta. Participants who complete the program successfully will be eligible to apply to Invest Atlanta for funding assistance to support their redevelopment project.
Invest Atlanta invites qualified developers, property owners, business owners and community development organizations seeking to develop catalytic real estate projects and/or improve eligible property within the Westside TAD to apply for grant funding.
NOTE: Due to the volume of pipeline projects and funding availability in the Community Improvement Fund, we invite you to contact Jennifer Fine (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly to discuss potential projects.