Suwanee now has its first official historic district.
A state review board Friday (Aug. 23) in Atlanta approved the city's application for a historic district for a 67-acre section of Old Town Suwanee, according to Denise Brinson, Suwanee's economic development director.
The application had the support of Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials.
The decision effectively opens the door for renovation work to begin on the Pierce's Corner building on Main Street, which was the focal point of the city's effort. Friday's decision means that state tax credits are possible for contributing properties, such as Pierce's Corner.
Approval at the federal level -- and federal tax credits -- still remains.
A group led by Norcross attorney Michael Deming Sr. has a lease-purchase deal to buy and renovate Pierce's Corner. Deming has said that tax credits from a historic district are essential to completing the deal.
Deming Sr. envisions a restaurant on the lower level of the vacant building, which dates to 1910. Michael Deming Jr. has said he wants to use the upper level for office space, including a so-called incubator for start-up businesses.
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