Giving input on Flowery Branch’s downtown redevelopment could be rewarding.
The South Hall city has rolled out a survey on its website. By taking the survey, residents can enter a raffle for one of three gift cards at local businesses: $100 to Antebellum restaurant, $50 to Crossroads Bar and Grille, and $25 to Liberty Candy.
The survey asks respondents to give their first, second and third choices as to what they’d like to see downtown, with passive park, active recreation, commercial/retail, residential, open green space, and bicycle and/or pedestrian paths as the options.
Several other questions relate to development preferences, such as a water-based attraction and more restaurant options.
The survey comes on the heels of city officials weighing whether to OK design plans for The Residential Group’s planned residential-retail project on Main Street, between the Historic Depot on Railroad Avenue and Church Street.
The new building is expected to feature 15 apartments and 7,700 square feet of ground-level retail. The project is part of a larger development, Crest at Flowery Branch, with grading taking place now for 324 apartments and retail outparcels on Phil Niekro Boulevard.
Flowery Branch has a stake in the project. Last year, the city approved $5 million in tax allocation district money to offset demolition and construction costs.
Under Georgia law, cities are allowed to designate certain “blighted” areas as TADs, using property tax increments resulting from new growth on public projects to help attract growth and increase the increments.
Flowery Branch City Council is scheduled to discuss the project at its meeting set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at City Hall, 5410 W. Pine St.
Flowery Branch City Council
What: Design plans for downtown redevelopment project
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5
Where: Flowery Branch City Hall, 5410 W. Pine St.