VALDOSTA -- City Council will consider a request to seek proposals for redeveloping the city's old Waterworks Building at its meeting today.

The building, constructed around 1900, most recently housed the Lowndes Valdosta Arts Commission until that group obtained the old First State Bank building on Patterson Street in August of 2001.

Lacking a tenant, the city and the Central Valdosta Development Authority, which leases the building, will request Council seek parties interested in revamping the facility.

The 7,400 square-foot building is located at the intersection of West Hill Avenue and South Oak Street, and was built to mimic Italian Renaissance architecture. A 550 square-foot accessory building is also included.

The proposal guidelines strongly encourage the renovation -- rather than demolition -- of the building and requires any proposed uses to fit within the Community Commercial zoning designation currently in place. Proposals must also meet city building codes and design guidelines set forth by the Valdosta Historic Preservation Commission

In general, proposals could include any combination of commercial-office, residential, restaurant, retail or civic uses.

The city will use nine criteria to judge proposals, including financial data, economic benefits, prior track record, compatibility and creativity.

Council will also consider a request to add three streets to the state-sponsored resurfacing list.

The Georgia Department of Transportation decided to add the streets to their Local Assistance Road Program list. The streets include Alden Avenue from Gordon to Patterson streets, Fry Street from Forrest Street to Old Lake Park Road and River Street from St. Augustine Road to Norman Drive.

The DOT pays 100 percent of resurfacing costs, while the city is responsible for raising water valves and manhole covers as well as necessary repairs to failed pavement sections.

City Engineer Von Shipman estimated the resurfacing costs to be $75,000 for the 2.969 miles of roads.



To contact reporter Bill Roberts, please call 244-3400, ext. 245.



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