From Online Athens: As deadlines approach, downtown master planners march forward¬† “With less than a month before a draft of the downtown master plan is scheduled to make its way through local governing boards, its chief continued making rounds this week to community groups.” Advertisements

From Flagpole: High Speed Rail Could Be Coming to Athens “The late Athens civic leader, who died in 2009, spent 20 years of his life trying to get commuter rail from Athens to Atlanta. Now, with the Federal Railroad Administration and Georgia Department of Transportation looking at options for high speed rail from Atlanta to Charlotte, NC, his dream is closer to being realized.”

From Flagpole: Planning Commission OK’s Selig Development “The Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission unanimously signed off on Selig Enterprises’ massive mixed use development on Oconee and East Broad streets Thursday night.”

FROM FLAGPOLE: FIREFLY TRAIL IS MAKING PROGRESS “Athens-Clarke County voters bought into such a dream with approval of a downtown rail corridor conversion as part of a SPLOST referendum in 2004. Sales tax collections combined with a Federal Transit Administration grant would fund the first leg of the Firefly Trail. As envisioned, that bike path would follow the abandoned CSX Transportation … Continue reading

FROM ONLINE ATHENS: RECEPTIVE CROWD GREETS NEWEST DRAFT OF ATHENS DOWNTOWN MASTER PLA “A largely receptive crowd greeted the latest draft of a proposed downtown master plan…”