History of BCID
The Fulton Industrial area has long enjoyed a history as the largest industrial and business complex in the Atlanta region.
It has been a major contributor in the dynamic growth of the Atlanta regional economy over the last fifty years and home to many of the major industrial business enterprises that created economic wealth for the region and employment for thousands of residents.
Changing economic conditions, shifts in global and regional manufacturing and distribution trends, and intensified competition have all, over time, taken a toll on the preeminence of the Fulton Industrial area. Nevertheless, because of its advantageous locational and infrastructure attributes, the area remains competitive for industrial users and possesses a potential to further improve its current positioning in a very active regional marketplace.
Development along the corridor began in the late 1950s, but most of the current structures were built in the 1970s.
Approximately one third of the corridor was developed during this decade, with 1973 being the busiest year with 64 structures built. Development began in proximity to the rail lines and then progressed outward towards the roadway. Construction activity in the study area tapered off dramatically in the 1990s with only 50 structures built in that decade, compared to 190 in the 1980s.
Development slowed again in the 2000s; the study area added 25 structures between 2000 and 2005. Tax records do not show any parcels built after 2005; however, recent windshield surveys of the area show evidence of limited development activity, especially towards the southern end of the FIB corridor.
Since the 1960s, Fulton Industrial Boulevard (FIB) has been an important industrial district in the Atlanta Region. Yet, like most aging economic activity centers, its continued relevancy is challenged. FIB’s challenges have taken hold as advances in technology occur, industrial market needs evolve, and competition rises by way of free trade and availability of new industrial parks/space in the region.
In the mid to late 2000s, public and private leaders recognized that strategic and targeted investment in the area was essential to reviving the area’s role as a leading provider of industrial space and employment in the region. The Fulton Industrial Community Improvement District (CID) was born.
The Fulton Industrial Boulevard (FIB) corridor in Fulton County, Georgia has long-enjoyed a preeminent role in the regional economy. Beginning in the 1960s and taking off in the 1970s, the area’s location along and near major transportation nodes, I-20 and I-285, as well as proximity to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and to the City of Atlanta markets has fueled its development and furthered its importance over time.
As we near the close of 2013, it is clear that the area continues to serve as a highly important source of industrial land, employment, and tax revenue for Fulton County, with economic benefits extending throughout the Atlanta region with strong linkages to other major economic development initiatives in the southeast. Despite this important role, a variety of changes in surrounding areas, the county, the region, and the overall economy have provided new pressure on the district’s competitiveness and economic vitality, calling for a strengthened approach for the future.
While the County has strategically planned for surrounding areas, an industrial-focused plan for the Fulton Industrial area has been lacking. The consequence of the lack of this master vision and plan has been the underutilization of parcels and allowance of uses that detract from the area’s overall industrial economic viability and preeminence. Increased industrial market competition in other areas of the region has further intensified this situation.
With the establishment of the Fulton Industrial Community Improvement District (CID) in 2010, the leadership of the area, led by its businesses, decided that it would not be a victim of lack of vision and took an important step forward in ensuring a united voice for the area. The selftaxing district would define where it’s going and establish the steps to make FIB a regional leader in industrial markets.