By Tia Lynn Ivey
As a new fiscal year approaches on July 1, Madison Mayor Fred Perriman is proud of the progress accomplished in the last six months concerning comprehensive planning, a new trail system, the development of Silver Lakes Court, the Gilmore House, the coming Canaan Corner Store, the West Washington Street Gateway, and pursuing the expansion of affordable housing.
“This is where we are after the first six months of the year. I’m happy to say that Madison is blooming in the right direction,” Perriman.
According to Perriman, the city is diligently working toward crafting a new long-term comprehensive plan, set for adoption in June 2017. So, far five neighborhood forums have completed seven-and-a-half hours of public dialog with over 150 city residents and a steering committee has been formed to guide the rest of the planning process.
Perriman is looking forward to the revitalization of the West Washington Gateway, now that the city has secured funding to complete the stormwater infrastructure project. The city secured $1.68 million loan, over the next 15 years, with a 1 percent interest rate. The city has completed the land survey of 40 acres comprised of slum and blight properties within the gateway to target for revitalization. Once the stormwater infrastructure project is complete, the front parcels will be placed on the private market in June 2018 for development.
“The West Washington Street Gateway is going to be the new entrance to Madison from the Canaan area. This is going to revitalize the area and make it look brand new. It’s really exciting,” said Perriman.
The Silver Lakes Court, a $7 million affordable senior housing complex comprised of 44-units in the Urban Redevelopment Area, is set to be completed in mid July.
“Madison hasn’t had something like this to offer for our 55 and over community so it will be a great way to keep residents around for a long time,” said Perriman.
Perriman is proud of the establishment of the Gilmore House and is looking forward to the completion of a Canaan Corner Store. The Downtown Development Authority received a $95,000 USDA grant for the construction of a parking lot and the completion of the last space in the Gilmore House. The coming Canaan Corner Store is being made possible through a $101,000 Redevelopment Fund Grant. The old dilapitated store has been demolished and construction of the new store is currently in the bid process. “A minority entrepreneur is investing $50,000 and creating two jobs and will open in the summer,” said Perriman.
Perriman noted the new cemetery trail recently installed through the Recreational Trail Program Grant. Signage for the trail is currently underway. Two lots have been donated and two more lots have been purchased for the future “President’s Trail.” The Central of Georgia Depot will be used as a multipurpose facility, including a trailhead, exterior restoration in bid process now.
“We’re excited to make improvements in the Madison City Cemetery. We’ll hopefully start to see some progress by the end of the year,” said Perriman.
According to Perriman, the last six months has laid the groundwork for important projects throughout the city to come to fruition in the coming months.
“We hope the next six months will be just as exciting as the first six months and hopefully by the end of December we have even greater stories to report,” Perriman