Critics have rallied in opposition of the redevelopment and criticized Smyrna officials for planning to sell an acre of city-owned property to StillFire Brewing. The deal has not been finalized, but city leaders intend to sell undeveloped land along Atlanta Road to the Suwanee brewery. StillFire plans on building a three-story brewery that would be a centerpiece of the city’s downtown makeover.
One option proposed for the new downtown area includes large sculpted letters in front of the public library that spell out SMYRNA without the Y. City officials said it could make for an “Instagrammable moment” in the plaza with visitors posing for photos in place of the missing letter.
A second more traditional design could include shade structures on the east and west side of the plaza lawn.
Council will select the finalized plans after making tweaks suggested during the public feedback.
Two open house sessions will be held Sept. 16 in Brawner Hall at Taylor-Brawner Park, 3180 Atlanta Road. The first will be from 9 a.m. to noon and the second will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.
A third public hearing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Sept. 21, in the large gym at the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle.
City officials also plan to offer an online option for residents who can’t attend the in-person sessions. For more information, visit smyrnaga.gov.