2014-10-01 / Front Page

City selects architect for Scenic By-Way project

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News edito


The City of Millen recently approved the firm of Carter Watkins Associates Architects, Inc. as its Scenic By- Way Grant architectural firm. The federal grant will be used to construct a Visitor’s Center on the site of the old Soc Station on Winthrope Avenue. This architectural drawing indicates how the center may appear. (Photo contributed) The City of Millen recently approved the firm of Carter Watkins Associates Architects, Inc. as its Scenic By- Way Grant architectural firm. The federal grant will be used to construct a Visitor’s Center on the site of the old Soc Station on Winthrope Avenue. This architectural drawing indicates how the center may appear. (Photo contributed) The site of the old SOC Station on Winthrope Avenue, across from the Jenkins County Courthouse, may soon have an improved appearance. During a recent meeting of Millen City Council, the firm of Carter Watkins Associates Architects, Inc. was approved as the city’s Scenic By-Way Grant architectural firm.

The city received notification in 2012 that it was the recipient of a $667,477 federal grant to be used to construct a Scenic Bi-Way Visitor’s Center on the site. The City must contribute 20 percent in matching funds, which may be in the form of in-kind services, under terms of the grant.

Plans for the project include the construction of a Visitor’s Center to include office space for use by Main Street Millen, formerly known as Millen Better Hometown, and the Downtown Development Authority for tourism promotion, and a vending area that could be utilized by citizens attending court proceedings at the Jenkins County Courthouse. Greenspace landscaping with trees, sidewalks and benches and additional parking areas are also included.

In other business, Council approved a building permit for the construction of a solar farm by HSN, LLC (Cantsink Manufacturing) to be located off East Winthrope Avenue on property owned by the Jenkins County Development Authority. The project will be a Medium Scale, 1 megawatt, solar project with 100% of the solar energy generated by the facility to be purchased by Georgia Power.

Hiller Spann appeared before Council and answered questions about the city’s involvement in the “Qualify of Life” initiative. This program will focus on improvements in the areas of education, recreation, housing, infrastructure, retail business development, medical services and promotion. Council approved a motion to contributed $25,000 to the program for the next two years.

After some discussion, Council approved a business license application for Claudia Williams’ billiard room. The city manager was instructed to gather additional information in order for Council to set the license fee for this type of business, as required by City Code.

City Manager Michael Felts informed Council that the city had received approximately $66,000 from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency for reimbursement of expenses incurred from the 2014 ice storm.

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