City Of Cornelia Approves Urban Redevelopment Plan

CORNELIA - At Tuesday night’s Cornelia City Commission meeting, the main point of discussion was the newly proposed Urban Redevelopment Plan, with a stated goal of providing the exciting opportunity for enhanced livability, economic opportunity, and overall vitality of the City’s downtown and surrounding distressed neighborhoods.

The Commission voted unanimously in favor of the plan, and the subsequent activation of the Urban Redevelopment Agency.  The Agency, which will oversee all upcoming projects, is currently comprised of Tim Lee, Brentt Cody, and Hope Murray, all of which serving 3 year terms through December of 2021.  

The initial plan calls for 9 projects:

  1. A Municipal Complex - 3.14 acre lot located on S Main Street between Wyly Street and Foreacre Street.  Land is already purchased from previous SPLOST funds, and the project to build is estimated at $12.7M

  2. Entertainment Venue - DESIRED: 301 S Main Street, 4.7 acre former used car lot.  Existing building can hold up to 300 people, with a proposal to also build an amphitheater and replace asphalt with green space for outdoor events.  Estimated $1M for purchase and project completion

  3. Downtown Parking Lot - 462 Chattahoochee, currently in a blighted state and is unfit for human habitation. $2M estimate to buy, demolish, and construct

  4. Appletree Alley Streetscape Project - a constructed sidewalk built in front of existing storefronts, with a resurfaced and re-striped parking lot

  5. South Main Streetscape Project - will accompany the location of the new Municipal complex, occupying one of the city blocks on South Main Street

  6. Filling Vacant Storefronts - Offering “rural zone” tax incentives to local and incoming businesses to place their offices downtown

  7. Residential Infill Development - Building higher density neighborhoods on larger lots, and working with City Commissioners on zoning restrictions that would make those proposals beneficial to builders and developers

  8. Downtown Living - work in conjunction with the DDA, City Commission, and property owners to create downtown residential properties and opportunities

  9. Rails To Trails Project - converting the path of the old Tallulah Falls Railroad into pedestrian and bicycle trail