As of Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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Clayton News Daily
A broken gate at one of the “Olde Towne Morrow” houses is symbolic of vandalism found around the development site. City officials spent $13 million in taxpayer funds from 2007 until 2009 to build the development, which has been shuttered since 2010.
MORROW A $13 million taxpayer-funded commercial development that was suppossed to draw tourists and shoppers to Morrow is instead attracting vandals and falling into ruin.
“Olde Towne Morrow” was intended to be a new revenue source for the city, but it became a shuttered symbol of wasteful government spending and mismanagement when it was shut down nearly two years ago by town leaders. Among the development’s problems were a lack of planning, few tenants paying rent and violations of the city’s fire code and the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.
Clayton News Daily has discovered the site is now a target of vandalism, with damage done to several buildings located at the development. Trash has also been found left behind on the property.
A preliminary review of city records indicates a history of people causing thousands of dollars in property damage at the site as far back as mid-2011.
Check the Friday edition of Clayton News Daily for additional details.