The Powder Springs Downtown Development Authority has taken a more aggressive approach to find businesses for vacant properties by using $1 million from the city’s water/sewer reserve to hire a real estate agent. So far, Mayor Al Thurman said two of those properties are under contract. (Courtesy of Powder Springs)

Powder Springs revitalizing downtown

With $1 million from the city’s water/sewer reserve, Powder Springs City Manager Pam Conner said recently the city’s Downtown Development Authority is close to closing on sales for what had been “dilapidated” properties.

Conner made her remarks after January’s State of the City address during the question-and-answer portion in answer to former Mayor Patricia Vaughn.

Vaughn asked city officials if the $1 million will be returned to the reserve fund.

Conner said the $1 million will not be returned.

Mayor Al Thurman said part of that $1 million has been used by the DDA to hire a real estate agent to market some of the city’s vacant buildings in downtown.

Now two of those properties are under contract, he added.

Separately, Thurman noted the Marietta Street Grill opened last year downtown.

Construction will begin on the downtown park in March, he added.


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