A large crowd came out Tuesday night, October 25, 2021, to Statesboro First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall to view the downtown Statesboro Master Plan draft presentation. This was the second public input meeting held for the master plan.

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The City of Statesboro is preparing a master plan to chart a course for the future of Downtown Statesboro, the Blue Mile and the Creek on the Blue Mile. Planning and design consultant firm TSW has been hired by the City of Statesboro to facilitate this process, which will also update the zoning regulations for Downtown Statesboro.  The process will last about a year and this meeting was one of multiple opportunities for community input.

The City of Statesboro is preparing a master plan to chart a course for the future of Downtown Statesboro and the Blue Mile. The plan will look at how to attract new businesses and residents, make it easier to walk and find a parking space, encourage appropriate new development, improve greenspaces, and create a true gathering place for the heart of the community.

Woody Giles with TSW presented the draft plan which summarized input received from the public. He presented 11 BIG Ideas which will incorporate the structure for the plan.

Grice Connect live streamed the full presentation. You can view it below:

Click here to view the full presentation slides

Click here to view the 11 Big idea slides


  1. Infill Housing
  2. Young Professional and Student Housing
  3. Indoor Recreation
  4. Amphitheater
  5. Events and Marketing
  6. Music and Event Venue
  7. More Eateries
  8. Art and Willie McTell Trail Improvements
  9. Boutique Hotel
  10. Parking Deck (Longer term idea)
  11. Gateway Enhancements

The presentation is part of the third phase which includes the development of an actual plan. Here is the timeline.

To learn more, please visit www.downtownstatesboromasterplan.com.

DeWayne Grice

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...