The process has moved forward with consulting and brainstorming, and applications for funding for the project is being explored with grants from the Atlanta Regional Commission Livable Centers Initiative.
Up to $120,000 in study funds are available with $30,000 matching funds from the city.
The deadline for the LCI study funds is Nov. 16, which is putting the city council and city staff in high gear to research, write the application and make a decision by their Nov. 5 meeting.
“It’s either that or you use existing city dollars to do the whole thing,” said Kachmar. “We just think it’s much more pragmatic to go after the ARC money.”
Additionally the city council is considering moving $100,000 from contingency funds to take care of more time with the Sizemore Group who has helped facilitate the discussions about the city center. City Manager John Kachmar said the city may persue hourly consulting with the group going forward.
Kachmar said the economic development corporation in the city will also be involved as the concept may be changing from a city center to more of a gathering area for citizens.
“It involves a lot of partners,” he said. “Some private nonprofits, some potentially other governmental and tehn the private sector companies that comprise the economic development corportation. We’re moving forward.”