SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - The City of Sylvester is growing, which brings a need for more living space.
Developers and city leaders say lofts and apartments can’t be built fast enough.
Two new downtown lofts are being renovated in an old pharmacy building.
“We’re gonna keep a lot of the old part of the building,” said Mitch Willis, owner of MVW Builders, the company renovating the properties.
"So there will be exposed brick the old ceilings. The ceilings will be high ceilings with bead boarding exposed, original bead board and we’re gonna try and salvage the hardwood floors. So just trying to keep the historical part of the building,” Willis adds.
Twelve apartments lofts already sit in downtown and Willis, along with city leaders, believe more is needed.
“Absolutely, If you drive around Sylvester you don’t see ‘for rent’ signs in yards anywhere," said Willis. "The city told me just this past week that she has people calling all the time asking for housing. So there’s a big need.”
“I’ve got two people wanting buildings that I can’t find for them and they want to be in the downtown. They don’t want to be on 82 they want to be in old downtown,” Karen Singletary, Main Street Manager said.
She attributes the growth to younger generations moving in and to economic growth.
“Well, we’re getting a lot of new unique stuff downtown. We’re getting three restaurants right here on Main street that’s gonna be opening some of them this summer and I think that’s a draw for the millennials, the young people,” said Singletary.
Willis says the two units under renovations are not currently promised to anyone but he has many applicants to choose from.
Willis expects those two loft apartments to be finished in the next two or three months.