Mayor promises solution for abandoned mixed-use development

Now there's a plan to fix Olde Towne Morrow once and for all.

MORROW, Ga. — What was once a multimillion dollar development has turned into a huge eyesore and a haven for crime.

Now there's a plan to fix Olde Towne Morrow once and for all.

About 10 years ago, the city of Morrow paid more than $12 million to build the mix of shops, restaurants and homes. Now, it looks like a film set for The Walking Dead.

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The development is filled with overgrown weeds, windows shattered, and it’s been that way for almost a decade — attracting the homeless and even vandals.

“It’s ridiculous really,” one neighbor told Wilfon.

Channel 2 Action News took the issue to Morrow Mayor Jeffrey Detar. He asked neighbors for patience.

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“We’re doing everything we can to see to it that the property becomes something better than it is today,” Detar said.

With nearly every window shattered, he admits that vandalism is a problem but said the city can’t afford security.

“It would cost about $400,000 a year to put a security force in place and that’s a lot of money. We just didn’t have that,” Detar said.

The city is now trying to sell it for $1.6 million. If it doesn’t sell soon, they have another solution.

“The council is ready to tear it down and turn it into a vacant lot,” Detar said.

That’s just fine for neighbors who say the ghost town has haunted them for too long.

The mayor says this development failed for a number of reasons, including the location and the lack of parking.

He said he does have two potential bidders for the property right now and he’s hopeful that one of them will buy it.