Garden City’s Town Center, which opened in September of 2009 with the dedication of the City’s new 33,000 square foot City Hall, serves as the epicenter of local government and the “heart and soul” of Garden City. Located on Dean Forest Road just south of I-16, the Town Center earned praise from the Governor of Georgia as a “shining example” for the State of Georgia and won a Georgia Planning Association award for its innovative design.
Garden City established the Town Center in a location that retains the comfort of small town living with the amenities of a larger urban environment. Town Center is located on 25 acres within the City’s first Mixed Use Zoning District, which encourages a livable, sustainable urban environment with a vibrant mix of uses on a walkable pedestrian scale.
The Town Center Master Plan creates a network of well-connected urban streets designed to promote pedestrian connectivity. Some of the major elements of the plan include park and civic spaces, on-street parking, street trees, brick sidewalks, public art, benches, drinking fountains and bike racks, combined to support a welcoming environment. When complete, the Town Center will embody walkability and a mix of uses conveniently located to include shop front retail, restaurants, cafes, professional offices, medical facilities, residences and parks and open spaces.