Auburn is beginning the process to develop a Town Center plan. Courtesy City of Auburn

Auburn releases sketch of potential future Town Center plans

Auburn is poised on the brink of growth. Having recently completed the comprehensive plan, the city now has a roadmap to the future. In partnership with Dave Schmitt of Schmitt + Associates, Auburn conducted a real estate market overview and analysis. The city also hosted a meeting with community stakeholders including local business owners, Barrow County School officials, residents and potential business owners and developers.

The group talked about the various patterns used to create towns. Traditional towns, and most downtowns are created around streets in a grid, as opposed to suburban (cul-de-sac), sprawl pattern. Information was presented about nearby planned towns that have been successful in creating vibrant downtown walkable areas. This planned progress is what Auburn stakeholders indicated they want for their future and incorporates green space, walkability, with planned developments that enhance quality of life.

The recently released rendition is just one of several possibilities for Auburn’s downtown area. It includes homes, businesses and greenspace all interconnected with sidewalks that will include a pedestrian tunnel to the opposite side of the tracks where the new municipal center and new homes are planned.

Information: www.cityofauburn-ga.org/AuburnDowntownDevelopment.aspx.

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