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Votes sought for county's next building design awards

Posted: November 11, 2011 - 4:47pm  |  Updated: November 15, 2011 - 6:19pm
The Pediatric Partners building on Town Park Boulevard in Evans is one of the projects in the running for the 2011 Community Pride Design Awards.  Special
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The Pediatric Partners building on Town Park Boulevard in Evans is one of the projects in the running for the 2011 Community Pride Design Awards.

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Columbia County planning staff want residents to again pick the most appealing building design of 2011.

People can vote online until Monday for their favorite developments in the second annual Community Pride Design Awards.

Last year, F&M Bank at Evans to Locks and Furys Ferry roads received the most votes for top design.

“It turned out to be very successful,” county Planning Manager Nayna Mistry said of the inaugural contest. “I think the business owners and the developers appreciate it, too.”

This year, the contest is split into two categories – commercial and professional.

Construction within the Gateway shopping center as well as the county’s new Health Department and Animal Services facilities are up for the award.

In 2010, larger commercial projects were more prevalent, Mistry said.

This year, the contest reflects that more office and medical buildings have been built, she said.

Voters are asked to make their choice based on character, overall design and quality of the development.

“The county is looking for citizen input,” Mistry said.

Based on votes, a winner will be named next month and given a plaque by county commissioners.

The county’s planning department is also seeking respondents for a retirement survey, posted online in October.

A list of award nominations and the retirement survey can be found by going to www.columbiacountyga.gov.

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