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Grovetown officials expect to approve city redesign plan

Posted: April 8, 2012 - 12:05am

Grovetown officials expect to approve a plan Monday that might change the look of the city center.

“All the council, they’ve seen the (presentation) and I haven’t heard any negativity out of them whatsoever,” Mayor George James said of an Urban Redevelopment Plan the city council will consider during their monthly meeting.

Grovetown residents were able to view the plan, which city officials developed with the CSRA Regional Commission, during a public meeting last week.

The plan outlines a process to redesign the oldest parts of the city, including much of the residential and commercial areas along Robinson Avenue, the railroad tracks and Wrightsboro Road.

“It’ll be where the old downtown district used to be,” James said. “It’s just a way of bringing that back and hopefully bring people into the old downtown district.”

The plan’s Findings of Necessity, which city officials approved in February, identified blighted areas, including many abandoned and dangerous structures.

The intended results of the plan are a commercial center along Robinson Avenue and housing along many fronts, including the railroad tracks that run through town.

“I think it is going to turn into a real good thing; something people will be proud of,” James said.

If passed, the first couple of years of the plan consist of studies, research and planning.

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