published Monday, April 30th, 2012

Developer looking to sell south Georgia town

TOOMSBORO, Ga. (AP) — A developer in south Georgia is looking for someone to buy a small town.

Toomsboro, a small community with about 700 residents, has one convenience store, a florist, a custom cabinet shop and a post office. The Coastal Courier reports that developer David Bumgardner, who owns many of the properties in town, is putting them on the market.

Bumgardner bought some of the properties from preservationist Bill Lucado and snagged others at auction about a decade ago with the intention of turning Toomsboro into a quaint tourist town. But his plans changed.

Now Bumgardner and Lucado are putting the town up for sale again. Lucado thinks it would be a perfect fit for a movie production company seeking a set or a music company looking for a great venue.

"This place is unique. It is one of the few places in America that has so many buildings that are intact and one of the few places where you can get a whole town," Lucado said. "It would be a perfect place for the entertainment business, music or film."

Lucado, who has a history of preservation, is helping renovate the properties for sale, including putting in central heating and air, new windows and shutters and doing landscaping work.

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