The Metter City Council unanimously approved renovations of the Metter Welcome Center last week.
The renovations include a fully renovated park area with a boardwalk adjacent to the lake to enhance the visitor experience. Also, a remodeled restroom, building entrance improvements, curbing and gutter improvements and parking improvements are part of the project.
All renovations are in keeping with the historic ambiance of the 1928 Lumber Commissary building that houses the Welcome Center.
This project provides a reported 18,000 visitors per year with a more accessible and enjoyable experience, which encourages new opportunities for visitors to learn more about the City of Metter and Candler County.
Also, the Center will showcase “Georgia Grown” and “Metter Made” products to its visitors. This phase of the project is an estimated cost of $120,000 is fully funded through SPLOST funds marked for economic development.
“We are excited to share these plans for an impressive public improvement to a beloved community landmark,” said Mayor Ed Boyd. “Our architect has worked hard in designing and preparing with our staff to make this wonderful addition that compliments the center. This project includes an ADA compliant restroom and entrances. Visitors will come to the center and enjoy a beautiful and safe environment.”
Kevin Palmer, with DPR Architecture, is the principle architect. He has more than 20 years of experience. Palmer and his firm have worked on many projects in Metter and Candler County. He will continue to work through the process of bidding and then construction. This project is scheduled to bid in January 2019.