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Flowery Branch depot in line for a shine

POSTED: February 4, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Downtown improvements are chugging along in the old railroad town of Flowery Branch.

The Flowery Branch City Council approved a contract with Hulsey Home Improvement on Wednesday morning to allow the company to make more than $7,500 worth of repairs on the railroad depot on Main Street. Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew said the deck and the depot building need repainting.

"It’d be great if that was done before the spring festival," Flowery Branch Mayor Diane Hirling said.

The council also discussed a tentative April 19 date for the annual Flowery Branch Spring Festival, which is held in the historic downtown area.

While Flowery Branch Planning Director James Riker said the second block of the Transportation Enhancement grant-funded streetscape project to revamp downtown Flowery Branch should be completed by mid-March at the latest, there are some hiccups in the project.

Most notably, the Department of Transportation is maintaining the statewide outdoor watering ban, and will no longer fund the tree landscaping originally planned for Main Street. In the initial streetscape plan, six to eight trees were slated for planting along the newly expanded sidewalks of the historic area.



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