CONYERS — The Conyers Downtown Development Authority presented its 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 St. in Olde Town Conyers.
The building initially was a residence built in the late 1800s and since then has been utilized for numerous commercial purposes, including a funeral home, restaurant and antique store. It recently was renovated by Flores, an Olde Town business owner since 2002.
“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 St.,” said DDA Chairman Daniel Digby.
Flores said the building had extensive water damage when he purchased it and a litany of necessary repairs including a new roof, siding, lighting, HVAC system, painting inside and out and a fire escape for second floor access.
“The new paint, trim, landscaping and signage are welcome improvements,” Digby said. “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 and contemporary feel to what was once an iconic Conyers restaurant, among other uses.”
The DDA Outstanding Achievement Award honors Olde Town Conyers businesses that take care and consideration in beautification and preservation of buildings in the historic district. The inaugural recipients of the award were Andy Shipp and Steve Carter for their preservation efforts of the Old Coca-Cola building at 882 Main St.
This year 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 sponsored several events including the Olde Town Summer Film Series.
The DDA was created by the Conyers mayor and City Council to be a catalyst for revitalization, promotion, development and redevelopment in Olde Town Conyers. The DDA board of directors members are Digby, Vice Chairman Brandon Mitchell, Vince Evans, Ronald Godwin, George Levett, Renee Marrett and Keish Momin.
The organization meets on 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.