Schulte said finding out DOT stipulations determines which corridor improvement direction the city heads toward.
“We were chosen because the City of Milledgeville takes a lot of care investing into the downtown area,” Schulte said. “They figured we'd be successful in implementing at least some of the projects and ideas she comes up with.”
Pham created sketch concepts for the catwalk over Hancock Street also. Again, this structure is DOT owned, which creates difficult hoops to meander through.
“That's an icon. Removing it would be very costly, and it's DOT owned currently. We have to look into that. We definitely want to look into the options to make it more pleasing to the eye,” Schulte said.
The city's total cost is $1,440 for the intern services. GMA and GCF, through the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership, provide the remaining financial support for the program.
Additional improvement costs to implement the design plans attach to the process. City Manager Barry Jarrett isn't rushing the decision.
“We are going to see what (Pham) has and go from there. As Carlee said in the beginning, Milledgeville was chosen because they'd like to see someone implement the ideas proposed,” Jarrett said. “We are going to look at cost to see what we can do. That might be limited initially. We can plan for the future also.”
The city manager said downtown Milledgeville has real “calling cards” such as well-respected higher education resources. Creating attractive visuals into the area will help overall community growth.
“We feel the community of Baldwin County's growth is dependent and starts in the downtown area. That's one of the reason's we put a lot of emphasis on improving it in any way possible. If you are successful in making them pull off, you want to make a nice showing. We want to make this place very appealing and inviting,” Jarrett said.
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