A team of consultants Thursday night will present its final recommendations on how to transform central Winder.
The Feb. 18 meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Winder Community Center, is the culmination of the six-month “Livable Cities” initiative sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission.
“The study recommendations will include a number of public and private initiatives that have the potential to transform central Winder, including improved walking and biking connections between downtown and Fort Yargo State Park, improved sidewalks in downtown, and a long-term vision for the redevelopment of the Holly Hill Mall area,” said Woody Giles, the lead consultant from Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates in Atlanta.
“The presentation will be graphically intensive, with several illustrative plans and before/after images to show how improvements in Winder could look.”
Giles said he plans to talk about available funding for some of the improvements and how to implement the study recommendations.
“We’ll conclude with a fun exercise that allows people to vote using (fake) dollars on which parts of the plan are most important to them,” he said.
The Atlanta Regional Commission provides some post-study funding for transportation projects such as streetscapes and bike paths, Giles said.
“If a Winder LCI project is selected by the ARC through a regionally competitive process, they would provide funds to cover up to 80 percent of the eligible project cost,” he added.
For information about Winder’s study, go to www.winderlci.org.