Meet Buckhead CID’s New Board Chair Thad Ellis
I’ve lived and worked in Buckhead for many years and I am honored to take on the role as the new Buckhead CID board chairman. This position has big shoes to fill after David Allman led the CID’s board for 20 years. I want to first thank him for his dedicated service and second, I want to let him know that I will continue his focus on creating and maintaining a safe, accessible and livable urban environment for Buckhead.
I joined the Buckhead CID board in 2014 after my colleague at Cousins stepped down. I’ve enjoyed my time as a board member and I am ready to dive in as the new board chair. My goal is to make a lasting impression by educating the community on the CID’s purpose and our efforts on enhancing streets, landscaping and walkability in the district. Many people don’t understand what a CID does and I believe it’s important for the board to collaborate and spread that message through current and future projects.
In only five years that I’ve been a board member, I’ve seen the Buckhead CID make monumental enhancements to the community. When I first joined, we were working on enhancements of Peachtree Road, including taking a pedestrian-unfriendly area and creating a sophisticated, attractive complete street by adding curbing and medians, landscaping, sidewalks enhancements, modern lighting, dedicated left turn lanes at signaled intersections and much more. This project is currently in its third and fourth phases and we are excited to see the completion of it in the near future. Other impactful projects include the installation of traffic license readers and cameras for added security on Peachtree and contributing to the success of the PATH400 multi-use trail. All of these projects have been a success in large part to the Buckhead CID and I can’t wait to move forward with current and new projects.
Moving forward as a board, I’d like to see us help execute current projects and plans before creating new ones in the district. One current project that I am excited to see move forward is the widening of Piedmont Road. This project would make a section of Piedmont Road from Peachtree to Lenox Road (the Buckhead Loop) wider to accommodate at least one additional lane of traffic and create a seven-lane cross-section to ease traffic flow and make the area more pedestrian- and vehicular-friendly.
I also want the board to continuously improve upon our already solid relationship with the City of Atlanta in leveraging TSPLOST dollars to get other projects moving. We have a number of projects on the drawing board and with increased collaboration with both the City and other organizations, we can address safety and transportation in our area with more efficiency.
There’s a number of projects – large and small – that are on our list for this year and in the years to come and I’m excited to lead the board in creating new efforts to enhance Buckhead for employees, residents and visitors!
About Thad Ellis
Thad, a senior vice president of Cousins Properties, has more than 30 years of real estate expertise including development, leasing and property management for the Cousins’ Class A ofﬁce portfolio in Atlanta.
Thad began his real estate career in 1984. He joined Peterson Properties in 1986 and was a senior executive at Carr America through its 1996 acquisition of Peterson Properties. Thad was the Managing Director for CarrAmerica’s Atlanta and Florida ofﬁces. At CarrAmerica, Thad was directly involved with the acquisition, disposition and/or development of ofﬁce product and was a member of the ﬁrm’s Investment Committee.
Thad’s community involvement includes, advisory board member and past president of the National Association of Industrial and Ofﬁce Properties (NAIOP). He is also on the executive committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta and the past Chair for Washington & Lee’s Annual Fund.