Little Caesar’s Pizza looking at Madison

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor A Little Caesar’s pizzeria may be coming to Madison in the near future. The City of Madison City Council unanimously voted to approve a conditional-use permit to Bill Barry, who currently owns a Little Caesar’s in Monroe. to establish a store in Madison at 1462 Eatonton Road. The council approved the request at the March 14 regular meeting. “My plan is to expand and add a Little Caesar’s to your town, too,” said Barry, who is originally from Atlanta.  Barry characterized his store in Monroe as successful and anticipates the Madison store to do well, too.  No one spoke in favor or in opposition to the establishment of a Little Caesar’s in Madison.  “We wish you the best,” said Mayor Fred Perriman, after the council voted in favor of his application. “We look forward to having you in our community.” The city council also discussed two housing grants the City of Madison is currently applying for: a $500,000 housing grant from the 2016 The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $300,000 Community Home Investment Program grant. If awarded, these grants will be used to rehabilitate homes in the Canaan District of Madison–specifically on Burney Street and on a portion of Pearl Street.  “If we get it, we are expecting to be able to serve 18 to 20 households,” said Monica Callahan, director of city planning. “The scope of work is to bring the properties up to code. They are not beautification funds and they are not ‘add square footage’ funds. They are funds to bring existing residences up to current safety standards.” If the city acquires the grant, all participating in the program will be voluntary.   This is the third time the city has applied for the CDBG grant. “We are hoping that the third time’s a charm,” said Callahan. “We are very hopeful this year.” “There is a true need for this in this community,” said Perriman. “We cannot thank Monica Callahan enough for the countless hours she spent working with staff to help this happen.”

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