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Fort Valley city council explore economic developments

In Fort Valley's City council meeting Thursday night, the mayor and city council members talked about ways to fund a multi-family housing unit.

The 60-unit building has already been approved by the mayor and the council, and will be located north of highway 341 near Nu-way Weiner. It will take $200,000 to build, and the funding would come from the Downtown Development Authority.

The council decided to apply for a Community Block Grant Thursday night. It would pay the city back through a revolving loan fund. The majority of council members supported applying for the grant.

Mayor Barbara Williams says it's because there was confusion as to whether the city would be liable to pay for the project in the end.

"If, when that grant is approved...if we decide that we don't want to do that project at that point, we still have an opportunity to shut it down. It's some more steps that's got to be handled before we start construction. So, it's not a liability on us," says Williams.

Another thing on the agenda was what to do with the vacant Peach Regional Medical Center on Peach Parkway.

Mayor Williams says due to the diminishing revenue at the regional hospital, the Peach County Hospital Authority accepted a contract with the Medical Center of Central Georgia to create a new hospital. Now, Mayor Williams says the council is exploring ways to either sell the property, or develop it.

She says either way would benefit citizens of Fort Valley.


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