DeKalb County seeks public's help with Memorial Drive revitalization

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The first of many public informational meetings for the revitalize efforts along Memorial Drive were held this week. The five-mile stretch from Interstate 285 to just above East Ponce De Leon Avenue has long been marked by crime and abandoned businesses.

Many business owners and residents told FOX 5 News they feel it has been largely ignored when it comes to economic development and sustainability.

DeKalb County Commissioner Steve Bradshaw has allocated $140,000 from a reserve account that would go towards a revitalization study, which will be boosted by more than $30,000 in additional funding from the County's Planning and Sustainability Department.

The planning process is expected to run through November and the county is hoping more people will participate to help give the stretch a "sense of place."

Officials are also taking input online. Anyone interested in having their voice heard can click here.

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