City of Loganville Purchases Old Catfish College Property

Mayor said the city expects to close on the property in the next couple of weeks.

Mayor Ray Nunley confirmed that the city has purchased another property in the city – the one on the corner of Main and Pecan streets.

“We have a contract and I expect to be closing on the deal in the next 10 days or so,” Nunley said, adding he believes it will be a great asset to the city.

The property currently houses the old Catfish College Restaurant building and the wishing well, which has historical significance for the city. It was the original marker of the city center when Loganville was first incorporated. The city limits stretched just a mile in each direction from the wishing well. While the wishing well will likely remain, the mayor said the Catfish College building will be pulled down. It has housed a number of restaurants over the years, most recently the Catfish College, but it has remained empty for several months.

“We’re going to plant grass and make a town green there,” Nunley said. “We have that big parking area across the street and we’re going to take a page out of Monroe’s book and have concerts there, like the First Friday concerts. They’ve done a great job with it.”

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.

Michael August 06, 2012 at 02:58 AM
been wondering when Loganville would do something. Snellville has a big area, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Monroe, etc. Of course I would prefer this not be done at taxpayer expense, but a charge for the events that are being held.
David Binder August 07, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I think it's a wonderful idea & I look forward to attending events at this new venue. The Old Town area has long been a gathering spot for our parades & festivals. This will certainly be a welcome addition. Kudos to the Mayor & City Council.
Regina Bagwell Boyce August 31, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I love the idea of more green space anywhere, but was a little sad to see the old Sparks Grocery Store being torn down. Not sure when the building was built, but it was there when we moved to Loganville in 1966. I believe that there are some photos of it in the old Loganville High School yearbooks from the late 60s, early 70s. You might check with the high school library to see if they have those books.
Debbie Sparks Kessler August 31, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Yes, It is said to see it go. Many memories and good times. Many Loganville boys and girls worked there. Sparks was once called Foodland. But we all know it as Sparks Grocery,
Gemini September 22, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Yes, This is a great idea for Loganville to come up to date with Norcross and Duluth downtown areas as well.


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