Athens Committee Wants to Protect Local Landmarks

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Some Athens residents are working to create a historic district and protect landmarks more than 50 years old.

The 11-member committee of University of Georgia and Athens-Clarke officials met Monday to set its agenda for Milledge Avenue. The well-traveled street also is home to fraternity row.

The committee will focus on preservations, zoning and parking. Members are looking to other college towns for guidance.

County ordinances call for large parking lots at fraternity and sorority houses to handle members. But planning director Brad Griffin says those rules aren't working because most Greek organizations cannot meet the standards without paving over laws and gardens.

The committee also hopes to extend a ban on demolitions and major renovations which expires in October.

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