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Downtown Norman Park has little life left

August 9, 2004

Norman Park - While many South Georgia towns are spending millions reviving their downtown areas, others have all but lost hope.

Norman Park in Colquitt County, for example, is deteriorating.

Several stores are up for sale, but most buildings are boarded up and used for storage. Owners don't want to get rid of their family owned buildings.

Longtime residents say the town started going downhill 25 years ago. Bill Sutton says, "Dried up. All the stores are closed, no stores at all have opened up downtown."

Right now, besides police, fire and city government, there is a pizza place, hardware store and cafe. The custom cabinet makers are moving out of downtown.

Dollar General is looking into moving to Norman Park, on Highway 319, but the mayor says nobody has agreed to sell enough land.

posted at 5:30PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com