In January 2017, DeKalb County initiated the Blight Remediation Program (BRP) geared toward systemically eradicating blight throughout the county. Since its creation, 292 vacant, abandoned or poorly maintained properties have been demolished or abated. After identifying approximately 139,000 parcels requiring attention, in 2019, the county worked toward execution of the first-ever comprehensive study of blighted properties. In addition to suffering reductions in property value up to 60%, associations with increases in safety, health and environmental concerns were emphasized.
Adapting this BRP strategy is the first critical step to addressing blight in the City of Tucker. Secondly, it is important to properly utilize land in a way that respects the character of the city while also laying the groundwork for smart growth. As an example, our oversupply of unused and vacant older retail and warehouse space could reach its economic potential if we market our clear-span warehouse spaces to the film industry, and if we work to attract small-business incubators to our vacant older retail storefronts. Robin’s 20 years of experience in commercial real estate will help the city think out of the box on determining the highest and best use for multi-use redevelopment of old strip malls and overall revitalization of blighted and disused properties. These properties can be turned into hubs of innovation, job creation, and revitalization that are an asset to our vibrant and diverse community.