MILLEDGEVILLE — The City of Milledgeville and Fox Holdings Limited agreed to officially engage in negotiations for the repurposing of the Shaw Building located off South Wayne Street.
Georgia College Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. Renee Fontenot presented Milledgeville City Council with a repurposing proposal for the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Community Business & Arts Development Center last month. The innovation hub would provide a shared space for a wide range of activities fostering the development of community economic potential, according to the proposal's mission statement.
Councilwoman Jeanette Walden, District 2, said this is a proud day for Milledgeville.
“I think it will give an opportunity to young people who want to get into a business that may not have had it and also create jobs and maybe keep some of the young college graduates in our town,” Walden said.
The “Center” has support from various local development authorities, the three colleges and business owners. Area resident David Sinclair, who assists the Central State Hospital redevelopment efforts, is on board as acting chairman for Fox Holdings, a private offshore private property holding and development group.
He thanked the city for its cooperation Tuesday evening.
“Within the past few weeks, there has been a number of positive enquiries from interested parties who may well become future tenants of the repurposed Shaw Building,” Sinclair said. “This is very encouraging and both myself and Dr. Fontenot are looking forward to working with the City of Milledgeville in this venture.”
The 93,000 square foot building could harbor a convention center, manufacturing facilities, a production kitchen, art studio and tech hub to name a few proposals outlined by Fontenot.
Solar Zones, LLC needs 10,000 square feet for solar panel production, and along with the Milledgeville Players is ready to move. The Players are committed to building a 200- to 250-seat theater.