Braselton moves forward on downtown revitalization

BRASELTON - The Braselton Town Council and the Braselton Urban Redevelopment Agency are moving forward to institute the vision of the 2003 Citizen's Committee vision for a revitalized downtown area.

The agencies have approved the issuance of Urban Redevelopment Agency bonds to complete the funding necessary to construct projects in historic downtown, a district listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to a news release.

The URA bonds join other financing sources to allow the town to fund the realignment of Ga. Highway 124 at the intersection with Ga. Highway 53, the development of a Town Green and a downtown amphitheater, and the creation of a more pedestrian-oriented downtown core through the construction of streetscapes including lighting and sidewalks.

The voters of Braselton signified their approval of these projects in a tax allocation district referendum held November 2007; the referendum received 79 percent voter approval, the news release states.

"The town feels strongly that the citizens of Braselton who volunteered their time to create a revitalized downtown are important and the improvements being constructed will move us forward to be able to achieve their vision," Mayor Pat Graham said.