UGA studies revitalization of Fairmont community


Students from UGA’s College of Environment and Design have been addressing issues of affordable housing in Georgia this semester. One of their targeted projects is the Fairmont Neighborhood and Historic Rosenwald School in Griffin. Over the weekend of October 25-27, 2013, they and their professors spent three days in the neighborhood talking with residents and community leaders.

On Dec. 5 they will return to Griffin to present options for reuse of the school, improvements at Fairmont Homes and in the surrounding area at the monthly meeting of the Educational Prosperity Initiative. The public is invited to attend the meeting, in the Resource Room at A. Z. Kelsey Academy, from 10:00 -11:30 a.m. to explore the conceptual ideas and give feedback.   The study will be finalized based on input gathered at the meeting.  The final report will be available to housing authority officials and community leaders shortly after the first of the year.

Students, from the landscape architecture and historic preservation programs, have been building upon the citizen input gathered through the Educational Prosperity Initiative – a partnership lead by the Griffin Housing Authority which includes the UGA Griffin Campus, the City of Griffin, Spalding County, the Spalding Collaborative, the Griffin Branch of the NAACP, Spalding County Cooperative Extension, Griffin Spalding County Schools, Southern Crescent Technical College, Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, Spalding Regional Hospital and others, as well as residents from the adjacent neighborhoods. The study envisions reuse of the school as a community center and sees opportunity for returning the Fairmount area to the active and proud neighborhood it was historically.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Ellen Bauske, Program Coordinator with the Center for Urban Agriculture, at 770-233-5558 or via email at Ω

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