Friday, March 22, 2013
Board members of the Athens Downtown Development Authority are working their way through the hiring process.
March 15th was the deadline to apply for the executive director's job with the Athens Downtown Development Authority, so if you missed it, you're out of luck. There have been applicants from Athens and from other parts of the country who made the deadline and applied for the job. ADDA Board of Directors member Brian Brodrick is on a committee with board member Erica Cascio to go through the resumes and narrow down the pool of 129 candidates for consideration by the full board at an April executive session. "I would say that maybe 60 of them meet some of the qualifications," said Brodrick. "Some didn't. But I think it's great we had so much interest." Brodrick and Cascio will vet the 60 resumes, then wind up with 15 to 25 of them for the …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The 6pm meeting will be held in the Parthenon Room of the Classic Center.
After weeks of talking with various groups, property owners and other stakeholders, the University of Georgia team that's creating a downtown master plan is holding a public meeting Tuesday on the plan. The Athens Downtown Development Authority hired UGA Professor Jack Crowley to design the plan, and he has in turn gotten graduate students involved. Open to the public, the Tuesday meeting will begin at 6pm in the Parthenon Room of the Classic Center. It will focus on three topics the team has heard repeatedly in the course of their discussions: public space, the river district and transportation + access. The meeting will also include electronic polling, work sessions and group brainstorming presentations. According to the plan website: …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
UGA's Jack Crowley and his student assistants talked with people at a Federation of Neighborhoods meeting about the planning process.
They've studied Austin, Boulder, Chapel Hill, Ann Arbor, Colorado Springs and Portland, looking for features in these cities that could work well in Athens. They've talked to various groups, including Bike Athens and downtown property owners, and they plan to keep talking. And talking. Because Jack Crowley and his graduate students assistants are determined to let everyone have their say about how downtown Athens should develop over the next 20 years. They want as much input as possible for the evolving Downtown Master Plan, which will govern how the town functions and looks. Monday night, they were talking with about 30 people who came to a meeting sponsored by the Federation of Neighborhoods. The students were armed with notebooks to …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The EDF's expanded budget will settle old bills.
Athens-Clarke County's Economic Development Foundation will be able to increase their budget by $45,000 due to a bond issued by the Economic Development Authority. The bond will allow the Economic Development Foundation, which focuses on creating new jobs and attracting new businesses to Athens, to spend $310,000 on economic development during the coming year. It was issued by the EDA, which is a five-person organization backed by the mayor and commission that issues bonds to business and organizations with the goal of encouraging development in Athens. Foundation board members said during Monday's meeting that they were excited to have more money for the coming year. The money will be used to pay the foundation's outstanding bills, …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The Athens Downtown Development Authority will consider proposals for the Athens, Ga. master plan June 20 with officials at the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design.
Athens Downtown Development Authority members will consider proposals for downtown's master plan from the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design during a meeting on June 20. The authority plans to meet with Jack Crowley, head of the master's program at the College of Environment and Design, and Daniel Nadenicek, dean of the college. ADDA member and Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Mike Hamby said a master plan for the city was currently in the development stage. More details will be available on the project after the upcoming meeting. "I can't give more details on the project right now before we have the meeting and find out what's being proposed," Hamby said. "I expect if we develop a partnership with them then we …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Athens, Ga., Downtown Development Authority may move from the 4th floor of the Fred Building to West Hancock Avenue, Athens Ga. The location change was discussed during Tuesday's meeting.
The Athens Downtown Development Authority is considering moving from the 4th floor of the Fred Building to the Chamber of Commerce building on West Hancock Avenue. ADDA officials discussed the location change during Tuesday afternoon's meeting. If the move is approved, the ADDA's rent would decrease by about $12,000 a year. Several ADDA members also argued the authority might be more accessible to citizens. "I didn't know where this Downtown Development Authority was until I became a commissioner," said Commissioner and Authority member Mike Hamby. "I think for the customers and for the general public it's going to be more visible and more centered in Athens." The authority's lease in the Fred Building expired at the end of May, and the …
Monday, December 19, 2011
The new parking deck is free to shoppers through Jan. 1, 2012.
Starting today, holidays shoppers and diners can park for free at the new deck on E. Washington Ave. To take advantage of the free parking, simply request a voucher from a downtown business or restaurant. The Athens Downtown Development Authority has distributed them in an attempt to promote the new parking deck and encourage people to buy local. On regular days, the first 30 minutes are free. After that, it costs $1.50 each additional hour or $10 for an entire day. You can also rent a space monthly. Visit their office at 287 College Ave, or call (706) 613-7978 for more information.