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Old Town redevelopment analysis in Flowery Branch to begin in Aug.
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Flowery Branch’s redevelopment plan will soon be on its way, with its main focus on the downtown historic area, Old Town.

“We are looking to have the draft redevelopment plan presented to the council in November and two public meetings with the first one tentatively scheduled for Aug. 27,” said John McHenry, Flowery Branch city planner.

McHenry said that city officials hope to have robust citizen involvement.

“We are experiencing, already, increased building permits and business licenses. ... Downtown’s spaces are virtually fully leased.”

Flowery Branch City Council approved Pond & Co., an architectural, engineering and planning firm, to conduct the downtown redevelopment plan and marketing analysis June 6.

Two members from the City Council board, Fred Richards and Tara Richards, will be a part of the project management team, which will also include downtown merchants, historic preservation commission members, local faith-based representatives and major business owners, McHenry said.

As for the new city hall and police department buildings that were proposed in the plan, feasibility will continue to be discussed.

“We are certainly pursuing this option,” said McHenry.

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