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Open land is rare in Thomasville

March 1, 2006

Thomasville -- There are fewer than two thousand acres of land left for development in the Rose City. A moratorium on construction in Thomas County has everyone looking at Thomasville for available land, and that's going fast.

Tom Davis has lived in Thomasville for just nine years, but over that time he's watched it grow. "It's definitely grown considerably from when I first came here, it didn't seem like there was much of new business, but now especially in the last year or two it's really kind of changed."

From his front porch he can see one of the cities newest housing development sites and more cars along once quiet Remington Avenue. "It's quite busy, especially in the afternoon."

With just two thousand acres of vacant development left within the city, not all of that is suitable for homes. A large tract of land to the northwest is available but mostly for industrial use, so, "What Thomasville does have a lot of is smaller tracks of land that is suitable for smaller scale kind of developments," said Duane Treadon, of Thomasville Planning & Development.

Three larger subdivisions are under construction now, but once complete, they will mostly be city blocks downtown. "There's a lot of vacant lots and vacant areas that are in this area that could be prime for single family development one house, two houses, maybe able to get two or three lots together," said Treadon.

But despite all the recent growth, many still think it's a great place to call home. "I think it's an excellent place to live. My kids are grown now, but they loved it here I think it's got a lot. A lot to offer," Davis said.

And hope the newcomers will see Thomasville in the same light. Thomasville planning and development officials say they're watching the recent growth closely to make sure that it's done responsibly, and includes a variety of homes for all income types.


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