Senoia approves downtown retail expansion project

Senoia approves downtown retail expansion project

Senoia City Council members Monday night approved a proposal from film studio owner Scott Tigchelaar to build a mixed-use development that would add more retail and residential space to the popular Main Street corridor and connect it to a new retail, dining, and residential development being planned for the other side of Barnes Street, which is one block east of Main.

Tigchelaar said after the meeting that construction will begin “as soon as possible,” and hopefully be completed by the end of 2015.

During his presentation to council members, Tigchelaar, who is one of Downtown Senoia’s primary landlords and a Downtown Development Authority member, reported that there are no more vacancies, neither retail nor office, in the downtown district. Based on conceptual drawings, the new development would add seven shops and seven second-floor, residential lofts to what is now mostly vacant land located between Main and Barnes streets. Five more shops and a stand-alone, upscale restaurant would be built directly across Barnes Street.

He said these new retail buildings have drawn enough interest already to fill about two-thirds of them, including the restaurant.

 

Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.