The Main Street (formerly Better Hometown) program is a non-profit, self-help, community development program designed to improve a community's quality of life. The City of Locust Grove received this designation in March of 2006. As such, one goal is to revitalize the downtown historic district by attracting vibrant and growing retail businesses to the downtown area. As a Main Street community, Locust Grove is eligible to receive technical assistance and resources from various agencies throughout the state of Georgia. This valuable assistance will help us to build a strong local economy through the revitalization of the downtown area.
Since the program is a self-help program, we, as residents must do the work that is involved in making Locust Grove a thriving, stable community. If you would like to plan community events, assist in the recruitment of new businesses to our downtown, or help plan for restoration of sidewalks and historic buildings, please get involved...we could use your support and help.
The program is part of the overall Main Street Program administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The basic program description may be found HERE.
Some aspects upcoming as part of the city's commitment to its downtown development includes over $2 million invested in new infrastructure, including the streetscape along Highway 42 and Cleveland Street, the construction of Mayors' Walk park and new park on Cleveland Street, the new 35-space parking lot as part of the relocation of Public Works to its new facilities on Davis Lake and Mose Brown, and support of activities in or on those new facilities.
Main Street Locust Grove and the Downtown Development Authority are beginning to work on a banner program to place seasonal messages and graphics on the streetscape poles.
Currently under construction in 2013 is a Train Viewing Platform across from Mayors' Walk Park at 3889 Highway 42 that will incorporate an open-roofed pavilion in keeping with the original design of the Locust Grove Train Station and upgrades to the parking area (pavers, crosswalk, fencing, lighting, etc.).
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