Alton added that Milledgeville's streets are losing their character.
“If we aren't careful, we will lose every one of the streets,” Alton said.
Olivier warned the city about making a watershed decision opening the door to those targeting homes as rental opportunities. He said the poor behavior of college students has scared some long-time residents away.
Alton said potential homebuyers don't want to live next to a Greek house.
A 37-year Montgomery Street resident said students are eroding the downtown area.
The city will become known as a side note of the college campus, according to Olivier. He cited an anti-campus sentiments welling among many citizens.
Several opposed mentioned the planned Greek row out on Georgia College's West Campus that never came to fruition. They believed the university should shoulder the responsibility of housing the student groups.
During rebuttal time, one man in favor said Milledgeville wouldn't be on the map without the college's economic influence.
“We aren't responsible for the actions of all college students. Don't throw us out with the bath water. We can't wait forever. We have followed all of the rules,” Binion said.
Before the vote, Shinholster and Lee agreed no decision would be pleasing to everyone.
“I'd like to make the right decision in this,” Lee said. “Our responsibility is to look out for the city and take care of our citizens.”
In other news:
• Milledgeville Mainstreet/Downtown Development Authority Director Carlee Schulte informed Council of Milledgeville's selection as part of the Heart and Soul Bus Tour next April. The city is one of just nine selected statewide. Tour participants go on a guided walking tour of three downtown projects.
• The City Council authorized a contract to provide design services associated with the $1 million renovation and rehabilitation of the city owned Elks Lodge Building at 109 E. Hancock St. The building will become a one-stop shop for downtown economic development outfits, according to City Manager Barry Jarrett.