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Piedmont businesses look forward to renovation

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By: Jenn Schanz

It's one of the oldest shopping centers in the city, and those who work here, say it shows.

"It's kind of scaring anybody that's new to the neighborhood away for a while. I think it's drawing people up to different centers at the time being," says Jacob Stefonick, who works at True Value in the Piedmont Shopping Center. 

The Piedmont Shopping Center was built back in 1956, and has gone through some wear and tear since.

With old awnings and worn down pavement, the Center's developer wants a fresh start.

The $5.4 million project would give the Center new awnings, improved landscaping, a new sidewalk, benches, and a couple bike racks.

Many Piedmont businesses say they're on board.

"When they touch up this place and they renovate it and everything I think it's going to look great. People will be able to see the center, see that a bunch of people are coming in. And I think that it will draw more business," says Stefonick. 

If approved, the developer will pick up most of the renovation costs, but the city will use some left over tax funds to help – just more than $750,00. 

The renovation is expected to boost the Center's value from $1.9 up to $6 million.

The council will vote yay or nay on the project Monday afternoon, but council members don't expect a lot of opposition.

"For this shopping center, which is possibly the oldest shopping center in the community,  for that to be redeveloped into a lively hub of activity again is just a great thing and the kind of thing we need to be doing more of," says Councilman Carl Eskridge. 

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