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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -
Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is hoping to move forward with plans to re-energize the Liberty District. This week the mayor will have the first of three public forums to discuss development.

If you've driven down 6th Avenue lately then you've probably be seen tons of construction that has lasted for nearly two and half years. Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says get ready because more work could soon be on the way to improve the Liberty District. 

"It has challenges that the private market frankly might be a little bit hesitant; until we can go in with some significant investment in relation to creating a population in the area," Tomlinson said. 

The city is hoping to change all of that. Already they've invested $3 million into revitalizing the Liberty District and donated land to help with the building of a new mixed income housing area that will replace the Booker T. Washington Apartments.

Mayor Tomlinson is hoping the re-development of housing will spawn a chain reaction of growth in the area.

"Creating huge open spaces, ample parking, it creates the types of things that we need to make the district vibrant again," Tomlinson. 

At a city council meeting in April council members are expected discuss necessary rezonings that have to occur for these new developments to happen. 
 
"It's something the whole community will come to celebrate regardless of where you live and with White Water and the success of uptown, this just bolsters that success with something else on the other side of Veterans Parkway."

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