Developer looks to renovate historic building in downtown Forsyth

FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Downtown Forsyth is getting a new place to live and eat.

New owner of old Prime Palate building, Otis Ingram, has some big plans.

“We’re looking to restore it to its old use,” said Ingram.

Ingram’s plan revolves around the old saying–what goes around comes back around.

“It’s been around since the early 30s,” said Ingram.

The next revolution for the old Prime Palate building in downtown Forsyth gets back to where it started.

“We’re going to have some lofts downtown, we’ll have about nine units, folks will have some living space and a bedroom, and then we’re going to have a national, regional restaurant downstairs,” said Ingram.

The building was once a bed and breakfast, which is something like what Ingram hopes will resound with folks now.

“We’re really excited about taking this old building and renovating it and making it new,” said Ingram.

The renovations will take some work–and a good chunk of money.

“On the major work we’ll have to put in all new electrical, plumbing, HVAC, all sheet rock, the upstairs is plaster and it’s kinda crumbling. Probably a couple hundred thousand dollars at least,” said Ingram.

It’s an investment Ingram is happy to make.

“The new day of developing projects that have walkability where people can get out and walk to a lot of things from where they live,” said Ingram. “That’s really becoming a popular thing with the millenials.”

He’s hoping to reach out to young people and bring them downtown.

“Younger folks want newer buildings, newer apartments, and this will be a chance to renovate this old building with all of the conveniences of the shops and restaurants that are around here,” said Ingram.

Making sure what goes around, stays around for the city.

Ingram says work should start about mid-summer, and he hopes it will be done by next spring.

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