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Perry may remove Gen. Courtney Hodges Blvd. from downtown district
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New changes may be coming to Perry.

City officials are thinking about removing General Courtney Hodges Blvd. from the downtown development district.

Currently, businesses off Courtney Hodges must abide to the same rules and regulations as those downtown. 

"I think it's a good thing," said Hoke Morrow from Hoke's Heating and Air.

He says the culture along Courtney Hodges where his business sits is much different from that in the downtown area.

Meanwhile, the same rules apply. If Morrow wants to change the color of his building, he must stick to the district's palette.

"What if we want to do something different and make it a little splashy?" said Morrow.

Also, the district does not allow any auto repair shops. The one's on Courtney Hodges were grandfathered in, but new auto shops are not allowed.

"A lot of the regulations that exist in the downtown just don't apply to the Courtney Hodges District," said City Manager Lee Gilmour.

He says there are loans and grants companies along the corridor will not qualify for if the city moves on with the separation.

"Downtown authority has a boost program loan. Also, the main street board has facade grants," said Gilmour.

Morrow says those benefits do not outweigh the strife of being part of the downtown district.

"It just wasn't enough to be told what to do and like it in my opinion," said Morrow.

City officials tell us there are some businesses opposed to the idea. 

There is no date set on when council will make the decision.


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