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Granite Crossing: Big Step In Small Community's Re-growth

Lithonia, Georgia, is a small community of fewer than 2,000 residents in DeKalb County, 19 miles east of Atlanta. The area is known for its abundance of granite, including nearby Stone Mountain, which is composed largely of a granite rock called Lithonia gneiss. Rock quarries, however, have not been enough to sustain Lithonia's economy. City officials have worked tirelessly to change that. To fulfill a redevelopment vision, Lithonia worked with several partners, including, but not limited to, the Atlanta Regional Commission for planning and coordinating economic development, the Georgia Conservancy for the "blueprints" process to restore the civic and business core, the Decide DeKalb Development Authority (DDDA) that facilitates the county's economic development, and U.S. EPA Region 4 that provided technical guidance and brownfields remediation funding. The city's long dormant downtown had a three-acre site that was classified as a brownfield, making it eligible for development funding and tax credits,…Log In to Read Full Article

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