The ADID Story
Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, Inc. (ADID) was incorporated on January 10, 1996 following an intensive campaign led by Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. (CAP) to gain the support of property owners. In accordance with the state law enabling the establishment of "community improvement districts," over 50% of the property owners in a 120-block area of Downtown signed affidavits supporting the creation of the District. Those owners represented over 80% of the property value in the District. The District was approved by the Atlanta City Council, the Mayor and the Fulton County Tax Commissioner. The District was initially committed to operate for at least six years. In January 2002, a reauthorization vote was met with overwhelming approval and included an expansion of the purposes of the District to include all the purposes allowed under state law. Reauthorization is required every six years.
The District has been expanded twice – in April, 2000, the District expanded to the north by adding 80 blocks; in June, 2007, another 20 blocks were added, this time to include the Railroad District to the south. The District currently contains 220 blocks within an area generally bounded by North Avenue on the north, Memorial Drive on the south, Piedmont Avenue and the Downtown Connector on the east, and the Norfolk-Southern rail line on the west.