It looks like a recently neglected property that was a victim of the economic downturn in Woodstock GA now has a chance to become a major attraction and asset for the city. The Woodstock City Council has approved a memorandum of understanding to turn a foreclosed property on Elm Street just west of downtown into a cultural arts complex.
The proposed Elm Street Cultural Arts Village would include a visual arts center for galleries and exhibits, a “black box” theater for acting and intimate performances plus four acres of undeveloped greenspace for recreation and outdoor events. The greenspace would connect to a portion of the Greenprints Alliance Trails, a county-wide system of walking and biking trails that we’ve written about in the past. The property also has an approximately 100 year-old home with a spacious front porch that would be renovated and turned into the arts center.
The City Council plans to meet with representatives of the Town Lake Arts Center to develop a formal plan to present to the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners to request funds to purchase the property. If approved, funding would come from the county’s $90 million parks bond.
While this project is still in its early stages, city leadership seems to be fully on board, so we’ll be closely following future developments.