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Oct. 30 – Brunswick City Council to consider changing boundaries of Downtown Development Authority district

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PHOTO:  Proposed revised boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority's district (RED) to be considered at this week's Brunswick City Council meeting. 

By Lou Phelps, Brunswick Business Journal

October 30, 2017 – The Brunswick City Council will consider approval of a proposed revised boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA)  area of responsibility (see photo above) in Brunswick’s Historic District, at their meeting this Wednesday at City Hall.

“Over the years, the Downtown Development Authority boundaries have been expanded for various purposes,” according to the city’s staff report that accompanies this week’s posted agenda for the Wednesday evening meeting.

“The most recent expansion was in 2010 when sections of Altama Avenue and Glynn Avenue were added. These expansions generally occurred to include areas of potential development (CB Greer School, Perry School, Liberty Harbor, Altama Community Transformation District). The resulting DOA district has become an "octopus" that is not only confusing,  but is well outside the historic commercial areas that DDA's are designed to assist,” according to Mathew Hill, Executive Director of the Brunswick Downtown Development Authority.

With the introduction of Enterprise Zones, the City Economic Development Department and Urban Redevelopment Agency, the need to use the DDA for development projects outside the historic commercial areas of downtown and Norwich Street is greatly reduced, it is explained.

“Revising the boundaries of the District to exclude mostly residential and highway commercial areas will result in a more streamlined process for economic development, and allow the DDA to focus on the historic downtown and Norwich corridors,” according to the Authority’s Board of Directors.  

The Council will be faced with three options:  adopt the resolution recommended by the Authority; decline to change the boundaries of the previously approved DDA district; or suggest revisions to the district boundaries.

The DDA Board of Directors and Staff recommend adopting the  resolution  changing the  district boundaries, as submitted.

If approved, the district boundaries will be adjusted to include: 

1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (Altama Avenue) retracted from "T" Street to "F'' Street.

2. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue retracted from”H'' Street to Monck Street.

3. US Hwy 17 retracted from Hopkins Avenue to "G" Street.

4. The geographical area lying between Fifth Street on the north from the East River to Reynolds Street; "H" Street on the north from Reynolds Street to Egmont Street; Fifth Street on the north from Egmont Street to Commons Drive (Norwich Street Lane); "F" Street on the north from Carpenter Street to Bartow Street; Atlanta Avenue on the north from Bartow Street, merging with Macon Avenue to "G" Street; "G" Street on the north from Bai1ow Street to Glynn Avenue; Gloucester Street on the South from Glynn Avenue to Lee Street; Lee Street on the east from Gloucester Street to Monck Street; Monck Street on the south from Albany Street to Egmont Street; Mansfield Street on the south from Egmont Street to Reynolds Street; Howe Street on the south from Reynolds Street to Grant Street; First Avenue on the south from Grant Street to the East River; and East river on the West.

The Downtown Development Authority of the City of Brunswick was created by a Resolution of the City Council in May, 1981. 

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