WINDER - Winder has been awarded a $101,000 grant that will pay for one additional police officer, a police car and equipment to help reduce highway injuries and fatalities.
The grant, provided by Governor's Office of Highway Safety, is renewable yearly as long as the Winder Police Department continues to meet all state requirements.
Residential zoning granted on East Athens Street
Property owner Thomas Webb petitioned Winder Mayor Buddy Ouzts and the City Council on Tuesday night for a B2 zoning designation for a building at 179 E. Athens St. The property has previously been zoned industrial; the B2 designation allows Webb to use the address for two loft-style apartments at the location.
"These are very upscale apartments," Webb said. "I have already put a lot of money into them, but I found out that I couldn't rent them under this zoning when I advertised them in the paper."
Webb's company, Paragon Sourcing, was previously housed at this location but has outgrown the facilities. The best use of the property now, Webb said, is these two apartments. All surrounding properties are zoned for industrial use.
Winder residents may be familiar with this property as being the seed and gin building on East Athens Street. Webb intends to paint the exterior of the 1,680-square-foot building to resemble old, refurbished "intown" lofts.
Christmas parade scheduled
The Winder Christmas Parade has been scheduled for
7 p.m. Dec. 5. The parade route will begin and end at Winder-Barrow high school.