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Take part in this great opportunity to help restore part of the history of one of America’s great towns. The historic Southern Manufacturing Company mill has served Athens since 1900 and is in need of timely intervention to help ensure that it is part of the city’s next century.

With a growing interest from the city and surrounding community, the property is waiting for a creative redevelopment idea. Its historic status can grant access to financial incentives that will help make the project economically smart as well as socially responsible.

Consistently ranked as one of America’s best places to live, Athens combines a rich history and vibrant culture with a growing and innovative business climate. With the University of Georgia and a expanding industrial base, the city provides small town charms with the many benefits of a larger city.

Athens is a city proud of its heritage and the community has rallied behind the idea of restoring and revitalizing the mill. Helping drive this effort is the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, which hosted two events relating to the mill in February 2012. The first, a Symposium on the challenges and opportunities of redeveloping historic mills, featured national experts speaking on the possibilities and challenges of redeveloping historic mills. The second, a design charrette conducted by the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design, looked in more depth at the site, researching financing options, peer case studies, and potential uses for the property. Both events served to spark excitement about the possibilities of the site and created a growing understanding of the need act quickly.

For more information on this important property, contact:

Geoff Wilson, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty
2405 West Broad Street, Suite 150
Athens GA 30606
u2gw@hotmail.com
706-206-3560 cell
706-208-3328 direct

Information on this website, including a summary of available economic tools, anticipated changes to the Planned Development Zoning, and a Summary of the community’s involvement in the Symposium and Charrette is provided by a partnership between Aderhold Properties, Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty and UGA College of Environment and Design.