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Revitalization project underway

January 17, 2006

Thomasville, Georgia-- The old Scott Hotel Building in Thomasville will go from outdated and unused to cutting edge and busy as part of a downtown revitalization project.

"It's being renovated as a state of the art information technology building for Flowers Foods. Approximately 60 to 80 people will move downtown into this location, says Karen Smith, Executive Director of the Downtown Thomasville Mainstreet Program."

The Downtown Development Authority, a subsidiary of the Mainstreet Program, purchased the six story building. Sometimes it's really hard to find someone, or the right fit, for a building this big. That's why we're constantly looking for ways to acquire these properties," says Smith.

The project is a win-win for the city and the taxpayers. "The Downtown Development Authority is paying for this building through the issuance of municipal bonds, and there's absolutely no taxpayer's dollars going towards this building. The payments will be paid back by lease payments from Flowers Foods," says Smith.

It's all for the betterment of Thomasville. "There's three reasons that this actually works. First of all, our city council is extremely supportive of the Downtown Development Authority. Second, the Downtown Development Authority is made up of a group of businessmen that are very visionary. Third, our local banks have stepped up to the plate and helped with the loans of these programs," says Smith.

The project is slated to be completed by the end of this year. After the Scott Hotel closed down, the building became a retirement community. That closed also, leaving the building empty for the past six years.

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