Sandersville gets EPA grant to tear down “eyesore,” revitalize downtown

SANDERSVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – It took three tries, but Sandersville is on its way to improving downtown.

And it all starts with the demolition of one building, that driving into downtown is hard to miss…

“It’s become an eyesore, it’s dilapidated,” Judy McCorkle, City Administrator said.

Downtown Cafe has been vacant for more than five years and is filled with asbestos. But now it’s coming down, thanks to a EPA Brownfields Petroleum Cleanup Grant worth more than $150,000

In its place a new park, something McCorkle has been working towards.

“I think it’ll make a significant change when they see the beautiful green space and park rather than a dilapidated building.”

Joey Giddens, who co-owns Geo’s Quarters in downtown Sandersville says he’s worried about his business because of all the construction. He’s trying to stay positive.

“I’m definitely dealing with a lot of the difficulties,” Giddens said. “But it’ll work out in the long run.”

Because as an old building comes down, new parking and revenue pops up.

“The whole park plan is to bring people downtown and enhance the community,” McCorkle said.

The city’s master plan received more than $200,000 in private contributions. Construction is underway right now on the first of two parks, which should be completed in about six months.

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