By Kathryn Schiliro
Progress on the Gilmore property, located at 461 Burney St., Madison, is moving forward, as the city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) received a report that the property didn’t contain any asbestos.
The report, submitted by Norcross-based Peachtree Environmental, was presented to the DDA by City Planning Director Monica Callahan at their meeting last Thursday, June 20.
The property was purchased by the Madison City Council for $87,500 in October 2012 and subsequently transferred to the DDA.
Harvest of the Heart Garden, a county non-profit organization focusing on locally grown food being distributed to those in need, has committed to move into the Gilmore House and this year received a $35,000 grant, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and distributed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, that will aid in Harvest of the Heart’s opening of a cannery at the site.
Madison City Councilman Fred Perriman, liaison between the DDA and the council, shared that he thought the recent visit from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and grant-related representatives, who came to tour the site, was a success.
Callahan added that marketing of the Urban Renewal Area (URA), of which the Gilmore property it is a part, would be part of the Gilmore House– she’s planning to set up display information about the URA in the back room of the house in order to attract investors. Additionally, similar signage to that currenly in place in the Gilmore house will be placed throughout the URA, furthering the effort to inform and attract investors; 14 should be in place before the fall Tour of Homes.
Callahan also told the DDA that trees are being removed from the property, but new ones will be planted.
Athens-based architect David Porter is working on floor plans for the structure, Callahan said, adding that she was showing the site to a party interested in opening a three-chair beauty shop in the house that afternoon.
A Town Hall Meeting will be held Thursday, July 11, at which Harvest of the Heart representatives will address the community about their Gilmore property plans. The meeting will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church.
In other news, Peachtree Environmental also completed a quote for an asbestos study and removal on five adjoining parcels on Burney and North Second streets – part of the Walker Rose neighborhood – to the tune of $2,500.
Also, Madison’s Special Projects Coordinator Ann Huff shared:
Madison Produce Co., on the square in downtown Madison, is now selling deli meat in addition to produce, has opened a deli, and is in talks with a farmer about selling his locally produced meat;
The movie theater, also on the square, should open within the month;
Work is being done in an effort to open a restaurant to be located at what was Eenoco, and before that O’Hara’s, on the square;
The soon-to-be service station, on South Main Street, is in progress, and that the company overhauling it is working on it when they have “lull time;”
And that Ellen Ianelli, of the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, was busy showing movie and television-related representatives around the area for both filming and potential filming.
Town Hall Meeting
Harvest of the Heart representatives to speak about Gilmore property Thursday, July 11 5:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church.