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UPDATE: Decatur Commission considers contracts for Children’s Home planning, street paving

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UPDATE: Decatur Commission considers contracts for Children’s Home planning, street paving

The former United Methodist Children's Home campus in Decatur. The campus is now called Legacy Park. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt


UPDATE: These items were approved at the Dec. 18 meeting. 

Here is our original story …

The Decatur City Commission is holding its last regular meeting of 2017 and will consider a contract for paving streets and a contract for planning the future uses of the United Methodist Children’s Home campus.

The Dec. 18 meeting begins with a work session at 6:30 p.m. to review the city’s tree ordinance, followed by the regular meeting that begins at 7:30 p.m. It will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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Commissioners will be asked to vote on a $199,000 contract with Cooper Carry to develop a master plan for the United Methodist Children’s home, which the city purchased this year for $40 million.

The master planning process will solicit community input for how the city will use the 77 acre campus.

“In developing a master plan, it offers a unique opportunity for the City of Decatur to expand recreational facilities, protect additional greenspace, and consider community needs such as affordable housing, office space for compatible non-profit organizations and creative community uses such as studio and classroom space,” a memo attached to the meeting agenda says. “The master planning process will explore opportunities that respond to as many of the community’s goals as possible while respecting the history and heritage of the site. The goal of this planning process is to create a master plan for the entire site that creates a long-range, community-supported vision for how the property will be used and a blueprint for moving the vision forward.”

Commissioners will also consider awarding a $564,000 contract to Blount Construction Company of Marietta for milling and repairing several streets. The streets that will be repaved are:

• Eastland Drive from Willow Lane to the City Limits
• Pensdale Road from Willow Lane to the City Limits
• Kathryn Avenue from Coventry Road to Mockingbird Lane
• Bucher Drive from S. Candler Street to Avery Street
• Jefferson Place from E. College Avenue to Ansley Street
• McKoy Street E. Benson Street to the Dead End
• East Lake Drive from Park Place to 2nct Avenue
• West Howard Avenue and Adair Street

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