For a year, some Stone Mountain business owners have been taxing themselves to help curtail crime, blight and empty commercial buildings along Mountain Industrial Boulevard.
Businesses owners in the year-old Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID) say their investment is beginning to pay off.
“Since the CID [was formed], we’ve seen an awful lot of improvements,” said Jim Boldt, vice president of sales and marketing of the 67-year-old, family-run Deeks and Company.
“We couldn’t be more pleased,” said Boldt, whose company is a supplier of raw materials and containers to the paint, coatings, plastics and ink industries. Deeks and Company has been in the industrial park since 1961. “Our security is certainly better.”
Once formed, the CID hired security guards and off-duty DeKalb County Police officers. Their presence has cut crime in the industrial park by 25 percent, said Rusty McKellar, director of land development at