Downtown property purchased to support visual arts, events
8/9/2012 4:40:55 PM
(Aug. 9, 2012) – The
NGCSU Real Estate Foundation purchased property last week for future use by the university. The area, which includes land and buildings, is adjacent to the
Dahlonega campus and is the block bounded by South Chestatee Street, South Park
Street, Maple Street, and Choice Ave. The block contains the former
Baptist Church and the former Buisson Arts Center.
|The NGCSU Real Estate Foundation has purchased this property on South Chestatee Street.
The NGCSU Real Estate
Foundation, a non-profit entity that handles real estate transactions and the
financing of certain construction projects on behalf of the university,
purchased the property from the Dahlonega Methodist Church.
“The Real Estate
Foundation plans to hold the property and rent portions of it to the university
for lab space for the Department of Visual Arts, which currently leases space
in other areas of Dahlonega,” said Mac McConnell, vice president for business
and finance. “Other portions of the property may be used for community events
that are coordinated by the Office of Continuing Education.”
McConnell noted that
there are no immediate plans for making substantial changes to the property and
that a planning effort will begin soon to determine short- and long-term uses
for the property and to develop a renovation plan for the various buildings on
“The planning effort
will focus on how the Real Estate Foundation can program the space in ways that
support public-oriented activities that contribute to Dahlonega’s downtown
master plan and are attractive to the public and visitors alike,” he said.