The Conyers Downtown Development Authority (DDA) presented their second annual Outstanding Achievement Award to Jorge Flores of the Law Office of Jorge Luis Flores for his efforts in preserving and beautifying his new office located at 951 Railroad Street in Olde Town Conyers.
The building, initially a residence built in the late 1800s and since then utilized for a myriad of commercial uses including a funeral home, restaurant and antique store, was recently renovated by attorney Jorge Flores. An Olde Town business owner since 2002, Flores said the building had extensive water damage when he purchased it and a litany of repairs necessary including a new roof, painting inside and out, new siding, HVAC systems, a fire escape for second floor access, signage and lighting. “The Conyers Downtown Development Authority Board wanted to recognize the attention to detail and restoration efforts of Mr. Flores and his contractors to renovate 951 Railroad Street. The new paint, trim, landscaping and signage are welcome improvements. Mr. Flores gave us a tour of the office and it was amazing the work and creativity that went into creating such a warm, inviting –more– and contemporary feel to what was once an iconic Conyers restaurant, among other uses,” said Conyers Downtown Development Authority Chairman Daniel S. Digby.
This is the second year the DDA has presented the Outstanding Achievement Award to a business in Olde Town Conyers that has taken great care and consideration with beautification and preservation of buildings in the historic district. The inaugural recipients of the award were Mr. Shipp and Mr. Carter for their preservation efforts of the Old Coca-Cola building at 882 Main Street. In addition, in 2016, the DDA awarded $6,000 in façade grant reimbursements to qualifying businesses in Olde Town Conyers, sponsored the e-station Conyers, Inc. co-working initiative and several events including the Olde Town Summer Film Series.
The Conyers Downtown Development Authority was created by the Conyers mayor and city council to be a catalyst for revitalization, promotion, development and redevelopment in Olde Town Conyers. The Conyers DDA Board of Directors consists of Chairman Daniel S. Digby, Vice Chairman Brandon Mitchell, Vince Evans, Ronald Godwin, George Levett, Renee Marrett and Keish Momin. The DDA meets the second Tuesday of each month in the city manager’s office at Conyers City Hall at 6 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.