As the deadline approaches for a final progress report in the America’s Best Communities competition, Statesboro’s Blue Mile committee is pointing to evidence of forward momentum in corporate, residential and commercial development.
The monumental Blue Mile signs greeting northbound visitors entering the 1.1-mile stretch of South Main Street, a statue of Statesboro Blues musician “Blind Willie” McTell nearing completion and a planned dog park grab attention as projects funded by contest prizes, donors and public agencies. But investments by AgSouth Farm Credit, the Statesboro Herald’s parent company and residential rental developer Hendley Properties have added private-sector substance to recent updates.
Since the January opening of Little Italy, Blue Mile Committee spokespersons have also touted the renewed interest of restaurant chains in South Main.
“The buzz we’ve generated in the Blue Mile has inspired others to invest in the Blue Mile, which is the whole point,” said committee member Bob Mikell. “It’s a snowball effect, to successfully sell their success.”
Mikell, who is a local attorney, and Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce President Phyllis Thompson spoke to the Bulloch County Board of Education two weeks ago. Mikell shared a similar report Thursday with American Legion Dexter Allen Post 90.
A new Herald Square?
One of the private investments he highlighted is the Statesboro Herald’s purchase of the Maxway commercial center and adjoining property on Proctor Street. The decision was made by Charles H. Morris, president and CEO…
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