Habersham Co. - Habersham County Commission voted Monday night to approve the sale of the old courthouse. It passed with a 5-0 vote.
It will be sold to a developer for $1,000,000 and the building will receive a major external facelift along with significant renovations inside, according to Commissioner Stacey Hall.
The new mixed-use facility will include a number of one and two-bedroom apartments. “This is great news for the City of Clarkesville and Habersham County,” Hall states. “That’s good news, that’s great news.”
Commissioner Crawford was in favor of the sale, stating that “This will return the property to the tax rolls, increase the inventory for downtown living and bring business to downtown.”
During the meeting, Commissioner Hall made note that the City of Clarkesville has been in the loop since “day one” and that former City Manager, Barbara Kelser, along with Mayor Barrie Aycock has been “involved in this process every single step of the way.”
This sell comes after years of discussion regarding this 45-year-old building. The courthouse was built back in 1964 and was once the residence for the county’s jail, courtrooms, plus administrative offices.
The agreement approved by the Habersham County Commission Monday night states that Wayne Enterprises South LLC will pay the $1,000,000 purchase price for the building and the sale is scheduled to close within the next six months.