Attendees at the work session on Monday got their first look at a rendering of what the mayor of hopes will become the basis of the city's first Town Green.
After first purchasing and then demolishing both the old and the vacant building, the city plans to move ahead and build a town green on the corner of Pecan and Main streets in Loganville. It is, Mayor Ray Nunley said, the focal point the city has always needed. He said the plan was to take a leaf out of Monroe's book and have Friday night concerts and other community events take place at the town green in the future. He had attended the last Friday Night concert in Monroe on Sept. 7 and was very impressed with what he saw.
"I can visualize that same thing happening right here and I think it will be the greatest thing that’s happened for a long time," Nunley said, pointing to the conceptual plan that was revealed by Loganville City Engineer Mike Greenlee of Williams & Associates.
Nunley said the historic wishing well would maintain at the location it has always been, but he would like to see the flagpole moved and a "flag that can be seen from Kroger and that you can see from all over town" erected. He would like to see the roof on the old wishing well changed to tie in with that of city hall and the pavilion planned for the Town Green.
Time and maybe funding might be a little difficult, but the mayor said he would like to see it completed in time for the 2012 Christmas Tree lighting. Randall Casper, superintendent of public works, who had managed to demolish the buildings in record time, was a little hesitant about the timing, but said he would see what could be done. The problem is nothing can be started until after the Autumn Heritage Festival, which is scheduled to take place on Oct. 20. The tree lighting is scheduled for just over a month later, on Nov. 23. Much of the work would be undertaken by Loganville city employees and some of the funded would come from Special Local Option Sales Tax.
Making a town green at this location was one of the proposals that came out of the Livable Center Initiative the mayor and council commissioned in 2009/2010. It has been on the city's radar since then.