Hogansville revitalization moving forward

Published 8:10 pm Tuesday, June 12, 2018

lot of good appears to be happening in the city of Hogansville. In Tuesday’s edition, we wrote about the city purchasing the PNC Bank building, which could possibly be the next location for City Hall.

The Hogansville City Council unanimously approved to purchase the building at its May 14 meeting. The Hogansville Charitable Trust provided the funds to acquire the building. The trust itself is a nonprofit has raised and donated more than $300,000 for downtown redevelopment projects, including matching funds for the streetscapes, the Tower Trail project and acquisition of Askew Park.

City Hall has operated in the Royal Theatre since 1984.This Year discussions have ramped up about moving out of the building and restoring it as a theatre. Regardless of what it would operate as, the theater’s roof is in desperate need of repair. The PNC Bank building was built in 1975, and would be renovated with grants, donations and in-kind services. It’s encouraging that the city is taking big strides lately. In the last two months, the council has voted to adopt the downtown master plan, decide to move forward with the Royal Theatre as a possible performing arts center.

Hogansville for a few years has begun to look stagnant. There’s a lot to be excited about now with a possible revitalization.

No real timetable is known for when any needed work will be completed on the bank building since this was  a real estate acquisition, much of the discussion was done behind closed doors in executive session.

For a while, the potential of moving city hall elsewhere appeared stagnant, but the council and city overall have made tremendous strides toward that goal in the last few months.