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City farmers market underway
Demolition of homes on site to begin soon
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The city of Dawsonville is in the process of rezoning two parcels on Allen Street in preparation for a farmers market. - photo by Allie Dean

Demolition and clearing of two home sites between the city of Dawsonville municipal complex and Dawson County Junior High School will soon be underway after a vote by city council last week.

In place of the homes, the city is planning a farmers market which will include a 50 foot by 150 foot covered pavilion for vendors to shelter their goods, as well as 34 parking spaces, a picnic and playground area and a restroom.

Three companies submitted bids for demolition and clearing of the two adjacent properties at 124 Allen Street and 82 Allen Street, which sit on 1.75 acres.

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Plans for the city of Dawsonville farmers market show a covered pavilion, a picnic and playground area, a restroom and parking spaces. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Councilman Caleb Phillips motioned to award Drew Allen Construction both bids for a total of $17,750 as recommended by city staff and Councilman Mark French seconded the motion. It was approved unanimously.

According to bid documents, the work will include demolition and removal of two houses, one shed and one driveway as well as clearing trees and undergrowth and sowing grass seed and hay on the site of the future farmers market.

The city council is scheduled to vote July 23 to rezone the two properties from residential and planned unit development to an institutional zoning.  

The Dawsonville planning commission voted July 9 to recommend approval of both rezonings, and no one spoke at the council’s public hearing. One more hearing will be held July 23, at which point the rezonings could be approved.

“We are not required to have the rezoning complete just to do a demolition but before we start construction on it we will have to have the rezoning done,” Mayor Mike Eason said at the meeting July 9. “If you can see out this window, that’s where the farmers market will be. Hopefully we’ll have it done in a few months.”

Design of the market is complete and Davis Engineering is engineering the project. A groundbreaking is scheduled for July 23.

The city purchased the property at 82 Allen Street in March for $90,000.

The project is funded by SPLOST funds.