Columbia County leaders plan to create thriving downtown Evans neighborhood

EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Columbia County is one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia.

Most of this growth has been concentrated in neighborhoods. County leaders say they are focused on expanding the whole community.

Here is an overview of the plans already in the works.

“They were able to show me their vision of the territory. We kind of hired an architect who would understand the concepts of the city, and we took it from there,” John Bojescu said.

He is an investor for the Evans Society Center in downtown Evans. He says the county involved actually contributed to the overall goal of buildings that look alike.

“We’ve actually built a pretty good team, you know, between government and small business. I think it went really well,” he said.

The overall design with specific signage and brickwork on buildings like the Performing Arts Center and the Meybohm Building, says Scott Sterling, sets the tone for the area.

“They kind of understand what that expectation is by looking at other buildings, just knowing that’s the baseline, and we’re not going to get anything less than that,” said Sterling, director of services at planning.

The county wants creativity with designs, but only to a certain extent.

“We’re certainly open to opportunities for creativity and suggestion but, you know, there’s a vision, and we’re hoping the development community will deliver on that,” he said.

When it all comes together, the goal remains the same with the creation of a centralized town center in Evans.

“Trying to create a walkable environment that’s certainly nice, you know, something desirable, but also has that kind of work, life potential,” Sterling said.

The area has a constant crowd and people told us they were excited about the look of the final product.

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