Progress is ongoing on the Currahee Beautification Project in Toccoa and Stephens County.
Toccoa City Commissioner Terry Carter updated commissioners on progress within the city limits at last Monday’s city commission meeting.
The Currahee Beautification Project is an effort underway to clean up properties along the Highway 123 Corridor, initially starting between the Toccoa By-pass and Big A Road.
In the city limits, Carter said that city officials were scheduled to meet with North Georgia Technical College horticulture students today to begin looking at the students’ proposed plans for a green space at the corner of Broad and Currahee streets.
Meanwhile, Carter said other efforts are underway.
“The city staff has installed project banners,” said Carter. “Many of you may have seen already that the (old) Dairy Queen building has been removed, the lot was cleaned up, and the property owners plan to do a green space there.”
Also last Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously approved a lease agreement for beautification of property on West Currahee Street next to the former RC Bottling Company.
Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said this is another joint effort between the city and the property owner.
“The owners want to partner with the city to create another green space,” said Morse.
The agreement would allow the city to have an easement that would allow the city to maintain and landscape the space, Morse said.
Carter noted that creating the green space will come at very little cost to the city.
“There is no cost to the city in leasing that property for 10 years, other than the cost of the plant material,” said Carter. “The students at North Georgia Technical College are planning (the green space) and will install (it).”
In a separate issue related to cleaning up another property last Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously approved a demolition agreement at 13 South Big A Road.
Morse said that the temporary easement agreement would allow the city to demolish the now vacant former T’s Restaurant building that has been condemned as a safety hazard.
Morse also said that the city, if it demolishes the building instead of the property owners, would then be able to place a lien on the property in order to recoup its cost in demolishing the structure if the property is ever sold.