Opp solicits plan for retail industry

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Opp City Council took steps Monday night to bring more retail establishments to the City of Opportunity.

The council voted unanimously to hire Goodwyn Mills and Cawood to design a conceptual mason plan for the property owned by the city near the intersection of the bypass and Hwy 331.

The plan will include retail and other uses including a truck stop and convenience store.

In October, Southwest Georgia Oil Co., announced it would construct a $2.5 million travel center on 2.5 acres of the 22-acre development property.

Opp Mayor John Bartholomew said Monday that they are still working with Southwest Georgia Oil to construct the Inland center, and are in the process of working out a much-needed access road.

Bartholomew told the council that the plan would be beneficial when recruiting new restaurants and retailers because there would be a model to show them where they would be located.

“When they are done, we’ll have a 2D drawing,” he said. “It will show what the property will look like, and they’re doing this for an excellent price.”

The plan will cost the city $3,500 and will include the master plan, preliminary study graphic and illustrated plan.