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Public Spaces, Building Rehabs, & Place-making
Here's a look at some of our latest projects.
Jackson Street Plaza & Parking
A beautiful new green space and 70+ new parking spaces for the north side of Jackson Street.
Form and function. This project includes a new green space featuring a meandering water feature, lush vegetation, patios, and swings. At the same time, the plaza will also connect a new parking lot to the shops and restaurants along West Jackson Street.
DDA is proud to collaborate with the City of Dublin on creating a design to meet all of the aesthetic and infrastructure needs pointed out by our stakeholders. And of course, many thanks to our Mayor and City Council for making this project a priority.
The corker Building
Out with the old, in with the older.
Like many downtowns across the country, Dublin saw its fair share of gorgeous architecture covered and mangled during the 1960's and 70's. This beauty - The Corker Building - was built in 1898, and her facade recently saw the light of day for the first time in decades. The clouds opened, the angels sang, it was a glorious day for preservationists everywhere.
The future is bright for The Corker. DDA is working with the new owner to qualify the project for historic tax credits. His vision will see it become a high-end mix-use space, with retail and dining on the bottom floor and residential spaces on the second. Did we mention the apartments will overlook the new plaza? Talk about a room with a view.
The Henry Building
Downtown's most prominent corner is getting a major face lift.
At 14,000 sq. ft., The Henry Building is one of Downtown Dublin's largest, most noticeable buildings. You may not recognize it even though it sits at the corner of two busy highways just across from the courthouse. Once a bank and mercantile, the beautiful turret was removed and many aesthetic features were changed in the 50's to make way for a department store. (Same story, different building, right?)
Lucky for us the Henry Building's long-time owners know a good investment when they see one, and it is now staged for redevelopment into retail, professional, and flexible work space. With the help of historic tax credits and community partnerships, this dream will soon be a reality.
Restored Woodworks + GWS Construction
Giving a new venture a window of opportunity.
This old dry goods grocery warehouse located next to the railroad on South Jefferson Street had a giant hole in the side of it and severe water damage. Although, DDA was asked several times to demolish the building, they stood by their decision to try to save the 115 year old building.
After working two years to find the right tenant, DDA sold the property to GWS construction in 2018 and entered into a development agreement. GWS has now saved the building from demolition and through a local financing and $5,000 in facade grant assistance, closed the hole - known fondly by the new owners as "the window of opportunity."
Construction continues on the old warehouse, where the basement will be used to house GWS's small sawmill and complete carpentry jobs and the main floor is being transformed into the showroom and workshop for a new venture called Restored Woodworks who will make custom furniture pieces from reclaimed products. It's a win-win for all.
Oconee River Walk & Bike Trail
Connecting downtown to the ultimate natural resource - the Oconee River.
Imagine the day you'll be able to grab a bite to eat downtown and head to the river to rent a kayak and explore the Oconee.
The River Walk master plan will enhance the state bike route through Laurens County and connect our core commercial district to a recreation epicenter on the Oconee River.
The plan includes redeveloping Madison Street as a pedestrian corridor, bicycle and walking trails along the river, a boat launch, amphitheater, and recreational outfitters.