The Brunswick City Commission on Wednesday approved a plan that may help revitalize the city’s main thoroughfares.
Commissioners approved a proposed Tax Allocation District which includes 481 acres, totaling 8.95 percent of Brunswick’s tax digest.
A TAD is a mechanism by which cities can utilize redevelopment powers under state law to reserve incremental tax growth for the repayment of bonds used to finance revitalization or pay-as-you-go projects. The plan is intended to spark public and private investment in the city’s most under-utilized areas.
Wednesday’s meeting marked the second of two required public hearings on the district after the redevelopment plan was initially presented during a Sept. 6 work session.
The district consists of properties along the city’s waterfront, the Gloucester Street corridor, Norwich Street and the U.S. Highway 17 corridor northward from the downtown area, including the intersection with the F.J. Torras Causeway northward to the city boundary.
The plan, which must be finalized by Dec. 31, will now be presented to the school board and Glynn County Commission, where they will decide whether or not to support the district. While the city may proceed on its own, support from these entities may help the district succeed, officials have said.
College Park residents also packed Wednesday’s meeting, demanding the city take some immediate actions to deal with the chronic flooding in the community until permanent solutions are put in place.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood mitigation buyout program was discussed as an option to resolve the issues. Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey suggested a town hall meeting to provide residents with all the options that are available to them.
Additionally, the commission deferred approval to upgrade the city’s street lights and the installation of security cameras near crime hot spot areas, to its next meeting.
The first of two required public hearings on the Glynn Avenue Design Framework initiative commissioned in May 2016 to help guide development and redevelopment along U.S. Highway 17/Glynn Avenue was held. Acceptance of the framework and amending city code requires two public hearings before the commission can vote on it.
Proclamations were presented to Del Ria Baisden, vice president of Southeast Georgia Health System in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month throughout October and to first responders thanking them for their service and sacrifice during Hurricane Irma.
Action regarding Discount Liquor, 1503 Gloucester St. regarding two probation violations after the for selling alcohol to an under-aged operative was deferred to the October 18 meeting.