DOWNTOWN LAGRANGE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY COLLECTION

Manuscript MS-178

1978-2004

DOWNTOWN LAGRANGE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY COLLECTION

MS-178
1978-2004
SOURCE: Jane Fryer
SIZE: 2 lf
SHELVING UNIT: 2 storage boxes
PROCESSING: BNJ 2008, GM 2009

HISTORICAL NOTE:

The Downtown LaGrange Development Authority was established in 1975 after citizens voted in favor of its creation in the November 1974 General Election. Georgia Governor George Busbee signed the bill into law. In March 1975, LaGrange City Council named nine members to the Authority's board. Representing property owners were Charles D. Hudson, Arthur E. Mallory III, A. W. Birdsong, Jr. and Nasor Mansour. R. J. Bittick, Pearce Cleaveland, Jr., James Hamilton and Byron Hurst represented business groups. Mayor Gardner Newnan was appointed to represent the city.

The Authority was given the ability to contract for construction, employ engineers and planners, remodel and alter buildings, and contract with the City for construction, reconstruction, altering, changing and closing alleys and streets. In addition, the Authority can levy a tax within the Downtown business district on property used for commercial purposes. The Authority was also given the power to buy, sell, or own property and to use the power of eminent domain to carry out its aims and objectives.

Among the changes accomplished by the Authority during the years 1978-2004 were the planting of oak trees throughout the downtown district, removal of parking meters, initiation of traffic changes, and approval of renovations to buildings. The DLDA began to hire staff in the 1990s and also purchased land for an office park. The Authority has worked closely with the Chamber of Commerce since its inception.

SCOPE AND CONTENT:

The collection contains the minutes of regular and special meetings of the Authority, from 1978-2004.

CONTAINER LIST:

Box 1 Development Authority of LaGrange

Vol. 1 Minutes, 1978-1986
Vol. 2 Minutes, 1981-1986
Vol. 3 Minutes, 1984-1986
Vol. 4 Minutes, August 1988-November 1991
Vol. 5 Minutes, December 1991-June 1995
Vol. 6 Minutes, July 1991-June 1996
Vol. 7 Minutes, June 1996-June 1997

Box 2 Development Authority of LaGrange

Vol. 8 Minutes, July 1997-June 1998
Vol. 9 Minutes, July 1997-July 2004

Blueprint, former Chamber of Commerce Building, 228 Main Street, (Nov. 1980)

TRACINGS:

Chamber of Commerce
Industrial Development
LaGrange Businesses