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Decatur Metropolis Fee approves budgets for dairy barn, cottage enhancements at Legacy Park – Decaturish

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Decatur, GA — The Decatur Metropolis Fee authorized a contract for accessibility enhancements to the Williams and Gillespie Cottages at Legacy Park.

A concrete wheelchair ramp might be added to Williams Cottage, and the bogs in each cottages might be renovated to be ADA accessible.

On the Could 16 assembly, the town fee established a venture finances of $46,000 and awarded a contract to CGS Waterproofing for $42,000 for the enhancements. The venture was authorized by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner George Dusenbury casting the opposing vote.

Dusenbury started his feedback by noting that he helps the work the workers has accomplished to bid out this work, and that of the Legacy workers to implement a grasp plan that requires workplace house at Legacy Park. He has additionally supported the acquisition of the previous United Methodist Youngsters’s House to develop into Legacy Park and the inexpensive housing plans for the park.

“I’m additionally a giant proponent of parks and recreation,” Dusenbury stated. “I’m involved that we don’t at present have satisfactory recreation services for our residents and our college college students. We now have a highschool that has to host dwelling matches for its tennis staff exterior of Decatur.”

“I consider that offering our residents the parks and recreation services that they want is a core accountability of the town and this fee, and we must always use as a lot of Legacy Park as doable to satisfy that want,” he added.

When the town acquired the land, there have been about three dozen buildings, and the town didn’t have use for them. The Legacy Park Grasp Plan states the town ought to accomplice with nonprofits and group organizations that may repurpose the present core buildings on the property.

“I don’t help the dedication of land in what’s Decatur’s final alternative to construct a giant park to satisfy the present and future park and recreation wants of our residents for workplace house,” Dusenbury stated. “We’re not simply taking potential park land for workplaces. People who find themselves coming to workplaces, they drive automobiles and use driveways and parking areas. Land at Legacy Park used for this objective just isn’t accessible for park or recreation use.”

The Williams and Gillespie Cottages are two of the present buildings that had been on the property when the town bought the United Methodist Youngsters’s House. They home nonprofit companions just like the Refugee Ladies’s Community and the Frank Hamilton College. The cottages function workplace house and classroom house.

The grasp plan additionally notes that many of the present buildings had been tailored for various makes use of, together with workplace house, assembly house, housing and maker house.

The Decatur Public Amenities Authority issued tax-exempt bonds to buy the property. As a result of tax-exempt nature, the town is proscribed in how the property can be utilized and who can lease house.

“If we’re going to have leases, if we’re going to be utilizing these buildings [and] services, by and enormous they’re going to have to be leased to nonprofit entities versus having a considerable amount of industrial use on the property,” Metropolis Supervisor Andrea Arnold stated. “For essentially the most half, the entities that will be residing on the property would have to be tax-exempt.”

In different enterprise, the stone dairy barn at Legacy Park is on its method to being an out of doors classroom house. The section I venture of repairing the roof has been full, and section II will deal with the inside of the barn. The Decatur Metropolis Fee, at its Could 16 assembly, established a venture finances of $160,000 and awarded a contract to CGS Waterproofing for $138,500 to enhance the barn.

The dairy barn was in-built 1914 and is without doubt one of the oldest buildings on the Legacy Park property. It’s the final remaining constructing related to the farming heritage on the positioning, stated Felix Floyd, services upkeep superintendent, in a memo.

“The barn enhancements contract being advisable contains concrete paver entryway, a wood deck on the pond facet of the barn, the addition of sliding barn doorways, operable shutters, concrete topping for the ground, circulation followers, new lighting and minor stud wall modifications,” Floyd stated within the memo. “The inside work is the second section of a two-phase venture supposed to improve the barn to be used as an open-air facility just like the park pavilions situated in different city-owned parks.”

The constructing gained’t have plumbing or an HVAC system, however {an electrical} system might be improved. The barn will ultimately function a classroom house for environmental courses and subject journeys utilizing the pond and conservation space.

“It can enable for storage of apparatus and provides associated to those actions. The house also can operate as a concession house for athletic occasions and supply a extra rustic occasion rental choice to the lately accomplished eating corridor renovation,” Floyd stated within the memo.

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