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Valdosta Daily Times,
September 12, 2012
Mill to come down:
Buildings to be razed, historic tower to remain
by Quinten Plummer
VALDOSTA — The iconic smoke stack will still tower over the
City of Remerton, according to local officials, but
the majority of
the historic Remerton Mill complex will be demolished and converted
into a park
after the City Council gave the mill’s owners the
go-ahead for demolition during Monday evening’s regular session.
This is not a factual statement: the city council’s motion is as
follows: Councilman Bill Wetherington made the following motion
which was unanimously voted in by the council members present that
night (note that councilman Sam Flemming was not in attendance)
“I move to approve the certificate of appropriateness 2012-04 for 1853
W. Gordon to be issued and effective as of October 25th 2012 for a
period of one year from that date with the condition that the cotton
mill smokestack remains intact and shall continue to remain intact
in accordance with title 18 of the code of City of Remerton.”
The mill’s ownership group simply wants relief from its obligations
to the property, and Remerton
Mayor Cornelius Holsendolph said the
restoration of the mill is just too large of a project for a city of
The 1899 Strickland Cotton Mill is the reason the little town of Remerton, GA exists. The mill village is unique, being an incorporated town within the city limits of Valdosta, GA. The current owners asked to be granted a permit to immediately demolish the historic mill. But many people came forth and made impassioned pleas that the landmark not be torn down. The Remerton City Council voted to table the request to demolish until its Sept. 4, 2012 work session, in hopes of getting more information before making the final decision.
Remerton Mill discussion Regular Session, Remerton City Council (RCC), Remerton, Lowndes County, Georgia, 11 June 2012. Video by John S. Quarterman Haley Hyatt for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).
I wish more citizens would do that: go to meetings, take videos, and post them! Send them here and we'll blog some of them.
Video playlist of Remerton City Council Work Session Work Session, Remerton City Council (RCC), Remerton, Lowndes County, Georgia, 4 June 2012. Videos by John S. Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).