City considers annexation of school property
Asia Ashley Staff Writer
LaGrange City Council held a public hearing Tuesday for the annexation of Ethel Kight Elementary into the city.
The school, located at North Kight Drive and Gordon Road, is currently in both the city limits of LaGrange and on unincorporated land in the county.
The Troup County Board of Education requested the annexation of the school in October and the county did not oppose the request. The proposed annexation would bring 18.273 acres of land into the city. The board is planning to build a new elementary school on the site and would like all the property to be within the city limits in order to receive city services. It is not known when the project would start on building the new school at the site, however, no significant costs will be associated with the rezoning of the property, according to city reports.
A second public hearing and council vote on the ordinance will be held Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m.
The new downtown hotel project was also discussed.
Bobby Carmichael, of the Downtown Development Authority, told council that once tax allocation district bonds are certified and a new tax credit allocation is received, hopefully by the end of the year, the construction of the downtown hotel will begin.
Construction of the project at the old Mansour’s building is expected to begin in April 2014 and should take 18 months to complete. Demolition of the old building could start as early as February, said Carmichael.
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