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December Tl, 2019 The Rose isawarded $l3,500 Fox Theatre grant for marquee The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI) has awarded The Rose Theater a $13,500 historic preservation grant to refurbish and upgrade its 20-year- old marquee. Atlanta-based FTI is i the Fox Theatre’s outreach program offering historic preservation exper- ; tise, consultation and education to 1 performing arts venues in Georgia I and the Southeast. . The Rose has been an entertain- } ment venue serving Forsyth and surrounding communities since 1911. First it featured silent films, then movies with sound and color. The 1980’s saw The Rose as an “open-air” amphitheater for entertainment. The Backlot Players, a community group dedicated to presenting live stage plays, took over the building site in 1999, restoring the old movie house and making The Rose its home for live theater. “We are grateful to the Fox The- atre Institute for their financial and professional assistance in helping us refurbish our aging Marquee,” said Kim Ducheneau, President, Backlot Players. “Our Marquee has been a beacon for great live stage plays here in Forsyth. Preserving a building with historic value requires a lot of com- mitment. Our community appreciates the partnership with our friends from The Fox Theatre Institute. Once threatened and saved itself by caring community members, the Fox Theatre created FTI, fostering a strong sense of togetherness, empa— thy and insight that remains visible through its ongoing work. FTI pays it forward by helping other cultural institutions renew, reinvigorate and restore artistic vitality by offering fi— nancial assistance, restoration support and operatiOns mentoring needed to leverage scarce resources and stimu— late local economies. “For over a decade, the Fox The— atre Institute has worked tirelessly to Page 5C save and resurrect historic theaters throughout our state,’ _’ said Adina Erwin Vice President and COO of the Fox Theatre. “These historic land- marks hold immense cultural and economic significance in their com- munities, and we are passionate about ensuring these exceptional perform- ing arts centers will be here to serve future generations.” FTI’s Preservation Grant Program and Historic Preservation Services maintains an ongoing commitment to historic theaters and has supported 64 projects to date, totaling more than $1,580,817 in maintenance and physical improvement efforts. The program raises and awards funding to venues with projects designed to foster education through perform— ing arts. The nonprofit organization also manages Georgia Presenters, a statewide booking consortium, which helps spark collaboration among doz— ens of accomplished arts presenters. s. 7S 3 z, a...“ .. ‘ ,. t if“. . . ~ PRECINCT MONROE COUNTY ROAD TAX RESULTS BY . . . g M ’m» Vs,- .-, -, g . ' . ‘ A .; .. z. a R‘ ,v‘ E- ,, v a; v Rf"; ' ' ROAD SALES TAX TOTALS Bentons Brantleys Burgoys Cabaniss Cox Culloden Dillards Evers Forsyth High Falls‘ Kelseys Middlebrooks Proctor's Russellville Yes ‘ No 1.129 '75 99 79 35 51 32 23 41 65 49 74 58 442 52 44 93 286 61 37 44 27 I4 GI 62 37 Forsyth P&Z gives thumbs up to Forsyth Gardens upgrades, home health agency on MI.K Drive By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net Forsyth’s Planning 8: Zoning Commission recommended approval of a variance requested conference room for training. The building is 1,100 sq. ft., and its lot is 2,800 sq. ft. The flooring needs to be replaced, and the bath— room needs to be handicapped accessible. by Janice Slaughter and Free- “gm in“ glad‘it,s gOing t? be fixed man Funeral Home, owner of the up; staid Plannng 8‘ zonmg com‘ property, to use the building at 164 misswn member Steve Coleman. Martin Luther King In Drive as One problem is there are only an office on Nov. 25. The building is in an R—3 District but has been used as office space. Forsyth Economic Development director Tammie Pierson told the Commission that 164 Martin Lu- ther King Jr. Drive was never used as a residence. Slaughter told the Planning 8r Zoning Commission she plans to open a home health agency at the location. It will be two parking spaces in back of the building, and Slaughter’s business needs six spaces available. She said that Freeman Funeral Home also owns a property across the street where she may arrange for park— ing, and there is on street parking. “None of these properties have adequate parking,” said Planning & Zoning chair Martin Presley. “As long as you go in with eyes wide used as the administrative office Open? and for training No one will be The request for a variance will living them be posted and will go before city The business, whichwillbe council for final approval- called Marcescent Healthcare Services, will provide in-home In Other Forsyth P&Z board personal assistance with dressing, news: meals, cleaning and companion- ship. It will be a service to provide ' PreSleY “ked CltY attfi’mey I weekend care and regular checks. BObbY Melton What_z°nl{lg Prdl' Slaughter said that generally the nan?“ say ébout a “me 11_mlt to ‘ staff will be working away from begm ‘1 PrOJeCt anfl t0 fiImh 'f‘PrOJ' the home office, but she will have a 3“ after the Plannmg 8‘ zonmg Commission and city council give approval and construction permits are issued. Melton said city zoning ordinances say work should begin within 90 days and should be com- pleted within two years. After two years permits expire. Pierson said Planning 81 Zon- ing can’t discuss time constraints because it is not in its realm of authority. Presley asked if P&Z has any say in whether things are completed when it recommends approval for a project, and Pierson said “no.” Presley asked what department it would fall under if a project is not completed, and Pierson said, “enforcement.” P&Z Commission member Silas Peed asked who represents enforcement for the city if a project is not substantially completed within two years, and Pierson said “me.” Peed asked whether a developer would have to come backto Planning & Zoning for new permits if it did not meet the two-year completion requirement, and Pierson said the county also has compliance permits. Melton said a developer might have to go through city council or enforce— ment if it does not meet ordinance requirements for starting or finish- ing a project. o Also at its Nov. 25 meeting the Planning 8r Zoning Commission heard from the architect whose company is designing renovations for Forsyth Gardens Apartments, Edmundo Gonzalez of Notting- ham Studios, PC of the Chicago area. The Commission recom- mended approval of the plans for the renovations. Gonzalez said the new owner expects to close on the property in December and start renova— tions in about February or March. Forsyth Gardens Apartments is at 500 Cabaniss Road and includes 78 units. The new owner is work— ing through a government bond program to renovate six properties in different cities. Forsyth council approved the Athens Housing Authority issuing bonds not to exceed $11 million for the Forsyth Gardens project at its Nov. 4 meet- ing. Gonzalez said the intent is to renovate the residences and en- hance the grounds of the complex Flamed amenities include a new community building and concrete walkways, a new playground equipment set with ADA com- pliant walk surface, an outdoor fitness area, dog park, gazebo, community garden, pavilion with two charcoal grills, new fence and improvements to parking and the laundry area. Gonzalez said about 95 percent of the improvements will be on the interior of the buildings. Outside will be new siding and amenities. The new community center will be wood framed with asphalt shin- gles. He said all siding throughout the complex will match. Wiring will be brought up to code. There will be fire partitions, even though they aren’t required and there are fire extinguishers in each unit. Two units will be equipped for the hearing impaired, with features like flashing lights for the door bell. Presley asked how the company will handle displacing residents while the work is done. Gonzalez said there is about a one week turnaround to upgrade an apart- ment, with most of the upgrade in the kitchens. Residents will receive per diem payments to secure other housing for the week “It should be a welcome im- provement,” said Presley. Forsyth council hears requests tO close city streets By Diane Glidewell news©mymcmet 0 Forsyth council heard two requests to close city streets at its Nov. 18 meeting, one request to deed streets to a private owner and the other to close a street for an event. Council decided to grant each request partially. George Emami requested that the city deed Cedar Street and part of North Harris St. and East Morse St. to the company that now owns all the land surround- ing these streets. He said he has no immediate plans for the streets and would not permanently close access to them but could envision possibilities for the property as one contiguous tract not divided by public roads. . The whole tract is about six maybe food truc ,” said Emami. “I have a vision for the area that would open up City Manager Janice Hall another cell of downtown, cautioned that if the road bringing positive activities becomes private and there and tax dollars.” is an accident on it, liabil- He said the roads and ity will fall to the private right of ways total about owner. Emami said that .429 acre. He said deeding scares him a little, but he the property to a private would still like to merge the owner would alleviate the two tracts on either side of city’s responsibility for Cedar Street. maintaining the roads, Council member Mike which are currently in need Dodd said there is a good of some service. He said he bit of traffic on East Morse would be glad to work with St. angling back to Adams the city if anything, like ac- St, but he agreed there is no cess to utilities, came up. reason for anyone except Cedar Street is a short the property owners to use street between East Morse Cedar Street. Emami said St. and Railroad Ave. It there was precedent for the l four houses, three of which . acres. are currently occupied. “We envision doing Council voted to advertise outdoor stuff in the block, to deed Cedar Street and its right-of-ways to The Brokery. 1 city deeding a street to a the owners and see if they parking in downtown, in- property owner because it want to acquire the prop— cluding around restaurants, deeded a side street either erty and finalize closing the is limited. to Forsyth Baptist or For- roads. “Can yOu move it down syth Methodist Church. Council then heard a so you don’t block U Save City attorney Bobby request from Forsyth Main It, Pickled Okra and busi- Melton asked council’s Street to close North Jack— ness around there?” asked approval 'to go forward son Street from Main Street Swearingen. “With a Car with closure of two roads on the square to King Street Show, you never know how that were in effect closed in for an Antique Car Show many will come; so start 2012, but the process was never finalized. The roads are Hatcher Street and Rotan Street off the new Railroad Ave. Melton said in 2012 council approved a motion to close the streets because they were no longer used and declared them aban— doned. However the RLC Group, which owned the property at the time, never responded to Melton. He said he will try to contact i on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 8 a.m.-3 pm. The Car Show was sponsored by Scoops. Kerri Swearingen said that Nov. 30 is ‘Shop Small Saturday: the Saturday after Black Friday when shoppers are encouraged to patronize locally owned businesses. She said Main Street is publicizing a Pop Up Shop at 20 North Jackson Street and special deals at several downtown businesses and convenient t in front of the Presbyte— rian Church first and fill in toward the square.” Hall proposed the city close North Jackson St. from Adams St. to King St. during the requested time, and council voted to do so. “I don’t want to discour- age businesses from having events like this; I think we can do both,” said Swearin- gen. “1 don’t think this will negatively impact the Car Show.” Q.