Corridor plan to be discussed

May 1, 2012

By MEGHAN PITTMAN The Brunswick News, May 1, 2012

An updated plan to transform a 1,600-acre area along Altama Avenue will be presented during a public meeting today.  The Brunswick Glynn County Archway Partnership’s new draft of the Altama Community Transformation District will include an update on progress and status of the developments.

The Altama Community Transformation District includes areas of growth and improvement such as the College of Coastal Georgia, Southeast Georgia Health System, the new Brunswick High School and other sites, said Valerie Hepburn, president of the College of Coastal Georgia.

The area is bounded by Altama Avenue, Parkwood Drive, U.S. 17 and Community Road.  “I think it’s a neat example of partnership and planning and research, and for those of us who live and work and play there, we know there’s so much potential,” Hepburn said.  The area will be enhanced and provide opportunities for economic development, she said.

For the past year, community leaders have been working with the University of Georgia Public Service and Outreach to develop the plan.  Matt Bishop, who oversees the operation of the Archway Partnership, said the plan is a way to set priorities for growth.

“It’s really a prime area for revitalization. There are significant institutions (there),” Bishop said. “Parts of it have been thriving, but the community will have a chance to see the plan in full at this meeting.”  Bishop said parts of the plan are easy to implement when the city and county governments work together.

“Obviously they have a lot to do with this,” he said. “This is a good template that lays out concepts, but we hope that other businesses will relocate there.” He hopes the meeting today will have a good turnout. “Hopefully we’ll get a lot of the citizens there to hear the plan,” he said. “We’ll be ready to answer their questions.”

The public will have an opportunity to see the progress of the plan and contribute to the future of the project.

The public meeting to discuss the Altama Community Transformation District will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today in the Thomas Auditorium at the College of Coastal Georgia’s Conference Center.

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