• Council announces Depot reopen, approves alcohol licenses
By Linda Green

The Kiwanis Club of Thomson was the first group to meet in the refurbished Thomson Depot when the building reopened Monday, April 14.
Don Powers, city administrator, told the city council on April 10 that the state fire marshal’s office has given Thomson a temporary certificate of occupancy for the historic building that has been closed for renovations since July 2013.
“We are very proud to be back at the Depot with all of its new technology and in a new atmosphere of civic pride,” said Leigh Culpepper, president of Kiwanis as she opened the noon meeting.
The city received a $1,075,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation and had to match with $268,000 for the Depot enhancement project. Workers have spent months shoring up the building, restoring bricks and working on streetscape projects around the building.
Powers said that civic groups will resume their regular meetings at the Depot, but rentals will not resume until May, adding that landscaping and work on the Depot annex will continue until all phases of the stabilization project are complete.
The city council is planning an open house for the Depot in May to allow residents to see what has been done to the building.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, April 17, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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