Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson Allocates Reserve Funding for Two Neighborhood Master Site Plans

Dekalb County

Ethiopian Community Association and DeKalb County Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs to receive funding

DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson is allocating a total of $55,500 from her District 7 Reserve for Appropriation funds to assist two entities in the creation of their master site plans that will enhance the quality of life in DeKalb County.

The appropriations were approved by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and will be used to conceptualize site layouts for both a 10-acre Memorial Drive location to benefit the public and Ethiopian Community, as well as the enhancement of Stone Mountain’s existing Hairston Park.

“It is beneficial for government agencies to support the creation and evolution of green spaces where a community’s character is preserved, protected and projected for growth,” said Commissioner Cochran-Johnson. “I believe the organizations that are receiving District 7 funds will put them to great use and it is my hope that they will not only boost community engagement but will assist in the beautification and attractiveness of DeKalb County.”

Tate + Hansen LLC will receive a $35,000 appropriation to create a master site plan for the Ethiopian Community Association to include the creation of green space that will be used to support the Ethiopian community, the City of Stone Mountain and DeKalb County. The proposal will also include a space to accommodate community events, outdoor gatherings, a soccer field, amphitheater and a community garden featuring indigenous herbs and plants from Ethiopia.

The remaining $20,500 will be allocated to the DeKalb County Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs Department to create a master site plan for Hairston Park’s 46 acres. The proposal will include two initial concepts that will be presented to stakeholders and the public for comments, as well as a preparation of a probable opinion of cost based on the selected concept. In addition, the master site plan will align with the department’s goals, as well as community input, existing assets and the topography of the property.

“I am happy to lend financial support to these much-needed park revitalizations that will benefit the citizens of Stone Mountain and I look forward to witnessing the materialization of both plans once implemented,” said Commissioner Cochran-Johnson.

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