Garden City’s Town Center area that includes the City Hall serves as the epicenter of local government of Garden City. Located on Dean Forest Road just south of I-16, the design of 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.
Much work and effort has gone into the development of this area of the City. 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.
In 2017 the City established an Enterprise Zone in the Town Center area of the City that allows for local incentives within the Town Center Enterprise Zone to include property tax abatement and additional local incentives and fee waivers to eligible properties. More information on the City's Enterprise Zone can be found here. Local Garden City Town Center Enterprise Zone Ordinance
The Town Center Master Plan will create a network of well-connected urban streets designed to promote pedestrian connectivity. Some of the major elements of the plan include future 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 retail, restaurants, professional offices, residences and open spaces.