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ATLANTA-$27 million may not seem much when 25 communities have to share the pool, but local government leaders, nevertheless, are pleased with the annual grants being distributed this week from the federal transportation agency, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission, which hands out the money.

The total amount averages $1.08 million per community. MARTA station areas won 20% of the funds that will help metro Atlanta communities to create active retail, commercial and multifamily ventures in blighted corridors.

Decatur, GA in DeKalb County won the largest grant, with $3 million. The money will be used to build a new parking deck. Apartments, condos and commercial space will be developed on the surface parking lot now being used by the city.

Suburban Roswell, GA is receiving $2.2 million. The city plans to attract new development by converting a stretch along Alpharetta Road (GA 9) between Holcomb Bridge Road and Norcross Street into a commercial corridor.

Downtown Marietta, GA is getting $1.2 million. The bulk of the money will be used for streetscape and pedestrian walkways along Roswell Street and within the town center.

Other fund recipients are Avondale MARTA Station, $3 million; Atlanta-Bolton Road improvements, $900,000; Downtown Canton, GA, $1.2 million; Atlanta Old Fourth Ward, $144,000; Cumberland-Main Street creation, $2.4 million; Downtown Douglasville, GA, $320,000; Downtown Duluth, GA, $356,000. Emory Village, DeKalb County, $2.2 million; Downtown Fayetteville, GA, $1.5 million; Downtown Forest Park, GA, $1.5 million; Atlanta-Greenbriar area redevelopment, $600,000.

Also: Hapeville, GA, $1.6 million; Downtown Mabelton, GA, $800,000; Northlake, DeKalb County, $1 million; Peachtree City, GA, $320,000; Perimter Center improvements to three MARTA stations, $1.8 million; Downtown Powder Springs, GA, $1 million; Fulton County improvements to Sandtown area, $200,000; Sandy Springs, GA, $100,000; Downtown Stockbridge, GA, $1.1 million; Downtown Suwanee, GA, $904,000; and Atlanta improvements to west end MARTA station, $590,000.

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