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Richmond Hill takes step toward town center
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The Richmond Hill City Council on Tuesday approved a contract for improvements on the Ford Avenue property designated to be a town center.

The council signed off on a $900,000 contract to instal a lift station and construct a road on the 51-acre tract near the Ford Plantation.

Mayor Pro Tem Russ Carpenter said the approval was “the first step in seeing the town center come to fruition.”

In November, the city purchased the tract to create a town center, which is proposed to include a new city hall and library, plus playgrounds, spaces for events, retail development, restaurants and cafés.

Also Tuesday, the council approved a resolution supporting the Coastal Georgia Greenway, the proposed route of hiking and bicycling trails from South Carolina to Florida.

Rick Gardner, a Bryan County commissioner and a Greenway supporter, told council members how much the approval was appreciated.

“This is one more link in our efforts to link Coastal Georgia from South Carolina to Florida,” he said.

Gardner also praised the city for leading the pack with sidewalks effort, particularly on Harris Trail and Timber Trail.

On Tuesday in the Georgia House of Representatives, according to, legislators voted 149-18 in support of Senate Resolution 730, which offers moral support for the Greenway’s completion.

The Greenway will be a 155-mile trail system and run through six Georgia counties, including Bryan, according to

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