Historic business district boosted for downtown LaFayette

Historic business district boosted for downtown LaFayette

March 8th, 2012 by Tim Omarzu in Local - Breaking News

One Eleven Restaurant is located at 111 East LaFayette Square in downtown LaFayette, Ga. Michael Lovelady, owner of the restaurant, supports the creation of a historic district in LaFayette.

Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse/Times Free Press.

LAFAYETTE, Ga. - A dozen people came to an 8 a.m. town hall meeting to learn about a historic business district proposed for downtown LaFayette.

Michael Lovelady, the owner of One-Eleven, a new restaurant in a historic building on LaFayette's town square, touted the benefits of such a district.

In response to concerns raised in September by business owners who feared the design guidelines would be too restrictive, LaFayette's Historic Preservation Commission has recommended that City Council establish a historic district - but make the design guidelines optional.

Commission members hope that businesses will choose to follow the guidelines because of federal grants and tax benefits available to those who do so.

City Council is expected to consider establishing the historic district at a May council meeting.

"I think it's something that's going to move forward," Lovelady said, following his 8 a.m. talk at the Bank of LaFayette Community Room.