Downtown business district nominated for National Register
by Neil B. McGahee
Oct 18, 2013 | 1440 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Downtown Cartersville may soon be able to share a distinction with neighboring towns including Acworth, Adairsville, Marietta and Rome.

If approved, the entire historic downtown business district will be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

“Being listed on the National Register allows economic development groups like the Downtown Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce to market the area more aggressively,” said Planning and Development Director Randy Mannino and City Planner Richard Osborne.

Some structures in the downtown area — the 1869 courthouse, the First Presbyterian Church, the Grand Theater and the sanctuary of the Sam Jones United Methodist Church — are already on the registry.

Under the terms of the registry, there are no requirements that might prove burdensome to business and there are no costs involved.

The application must be submitted by Oct. 31 in order to receive a possible 2014 designation.

In other news, the council issued a proclamation recognizing the 20th anniversary of Anheuser-Busch Brewing Co. in Cartersville.

“A lot of people may not know that the Cartersville plant is the newest brewery and also the most water-efficient brewery in the United States,” Mayor Matt Santini said. “We want to wish them another great 20 years here.”

The council also heard several zoning change requests.

Jay Frazier asked for a special use application for property at 310 N. Tennessee St. to allow a pawn and/or title pawn shop to operate in a multiple use district. Shaw Industries asked that property on the southeast corner of Douthit Ferry Road and Old Mill Road be transferred from Bartow County jurisdiction to city oversight. John Adams asked that his property at 217 Cassville Road be rezoned from MF-14 to O/C.

The council approved a request from Fire Chief Scott Carter to adopt an emergency management ordinance to provide for better communication between the city and county agencies in times of emergency, natural or man-made.

“This ordinance mandates that our emergency management agency create a process that would allow us to work closely with the county, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” Carter said.

In other business, the council:

• approved the Urban Redevelopment Ordinance

• heard a report from Chamber of Commerce director Joe Frank Harris Jr. that unemployment in Bartow is down nearly 4 percent

• reviewed the August financial report

Cartersville City Council’s next meeting will be held Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at city hall.