Con­struc­tion on Blue Wil­low Vil­lage en­ters next phase

New park­ing lot now com­plete

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Rachel Oswald

With a new park­ing lot com­pleted, con­struc­tion is set to be­gin on So­cial Cir­cle’s much an­tic­i­pated Blue Wil­low Vil­lage.

Blue Wil­low Inn owner Louis Van Dyke said the paving of the park­ing lot with curbs and gut­ters was com­pleted ear­lier this week. The un­der­ground util­i­ties which will sup­port the BlueWil­low Vil­lage have also been put in place he said.

Con­struc­tion on the build­ings which will make up the vil­lage is set to be­gin the first week in De­cem­ber, Van Dyke said.

Van Dyke said the con­struc­tion com­pany for the project, Sun­belt Builders, is pro­ject­ing a com­ple­tion date of mid-April. This will put the open­ing date of the vil­lage some­time in late spring he said.

Though the vil­lage was orig­i­nally an­tic­i­pated as open­ing this win­ter, de­lays in the build­ing per­mit process pushed the con­struc­tion date back said Van Dyke.

“This is the first time I’ve ever done a project of this na­ture and things took longer than I’ve ever ex­pected they would,” said Van Dyke who along with his wife Lois came up with the idea for the Blue Wil­low Vil­lage. “I’ve learned a great deal about pa­tience.”

Hear­ken­ing back to the gen­teel beauty of the Vic­to­rian Age, once com­pleted the Blue Wil­low Vil­lage will con­tain nine small shops with room for four more in the fu­ture as well as a Cre­ation and Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum.

Busi­nesses which have com­mit­ted to the vil­lage in­clude a 1950sstyle soda foun­tain shop, a Ge­or­gia Orig­i­nals Shop fea­tur­ing pot­tery, wood ware, glass­ware and culi­nary prod­ucts and a gar­den shop and green­house.

An­chor­ing the Blue Wil­low Vil­lage is the Blue Wil­low Inn restau­rant — famed for its tra­di­tional South­ern cui­sine — which sees an es­ti­mated 200,000 vis­i­tors a year.

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