MILLEDGEVILLE — Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley and David Sinclair, acting chairman of Solar Zones, LLC., signed a Memorandum of Understanding to put the vacant Shaw Building back to work as the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Communiversity (MBC) Friday.
After nearly four months of negotiations, the city agreed to lease-purchase the 93,000 square foot building to Solar Zones by way of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Development Authority for $450,000. Dollar points go toward the purchase price as improvements are made.
The MBC will be formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The facility must be de-industrialized with the removal of ductwork, roof cooling equipment and possibly transformers before phase developments proceed.
A communiversity is a community-based public-private partnership that encourages community learning, entrepreneurism and economic development.
The MBC already joined the National Association of Communiversities (NAC) with four others last week.
The Milledgeville Players’ theater is planned as the first development.
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