The Atlanta Regional Commission has awarded a $3.1 million grant to be used for improvements to Lake Hearn Drive, Perimeter Summit Parkway and Parkside Place.

The Livable Centers Initiative grant, to the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts, will be used to help pay for $4.9 million in roadway, streetscape and intersection improvements, the PCIDs said in a press release Nov. 14. The PCIDs are providing matching funding for the project.  Right-of-way acquisition is under way and construction is expected to start in March 2012, the PCIDs said.

“These infrastructure changes will help ensure Perimeter’s long-term viability as an economic engine and walkable, inviting, livable urban center,” PCIDs President and CEO Yvonne Williams said in a press release.  “This project is key to the continued success of mixed-use development in Perimeter and will prepare the Lake Hearn area for potential and proposed private sector multi-use growth and development.”

The ARC also awarded $1.5 million to the Buckhead CID to use to use in a $  $3.7 million project to improve the Peachtree Street corridor, the ARC said in a press release Nov. 15. Altogether, the agency handed out $34 million to 13 metro Atlanta areas, the press release said.

The Perimeter project will add or renovate sidewalks, pedestrian resting areas, pedestrian plazas at intersection corners, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant facilities, street and pedestrian lighting, larger medians and islands and restriping and/or addition of crosswalks, the PCIDs said.

“The Lake Hearn project will help facilitate the live-work-walk environment of Perimeter in DeKalb County and promote the use of alternative transportation, rather than the automobile,” Williams said.

Lane widths will be narrowed on Lake Hearn Drive, on Perimeter Summit Parkway from Parkside Place to Ashford Dunwoody Road and on Parkside Place for traffic calming and to accommodate landscape and pedestrian and bicycle improvements, the PCIDs said.