Marianna’s revitalization projects get green light

MARIANNA, Fla. (WMBB) — Jackson County commissioners took numerous steps during Tuesday afternoon’s special meeting to bring the town of Marianna back to life.

Many areas of the city have been abandoned since Hurricane Michael in 2018. The council discussed several projects to rejuvenate a few of these areas.

“We have discussed the Viva MOU project with the commissioners,” Jackson County Economic Development Committee Vice Chairman Zach Gilmore said. “That actually includes a downtown revitalization in the Marianna Main Street area and so that would effectively be a purchase of the Danley building.”

The Danley Building was once a popular furniture store in downtown Marianna. It’s been down and empty since Hurricane Michael.

A Florida company has now been approved to purchase the building and rebuild the interior and exterior.

“And they’re looking at different projects inside,” Gilmore said. “Whether it’s an Airbnb upstairs, or maybe restaurants, retail spaces, offices. There’s a lot of things they’re looking at right now.

Gilmore said the first phase of this project will represent a capital investment of approximately $750,000.

“Marianna Main Street and we as a community have tried to encourage residential development in the area anyway,” County Commissioner Paul Donofro said. “It’s always a very promising thing to have a residential development in a city center.”

As downtown Marianna continues to grow, so do Endeavor properties down the road.

The commissioners have approved a transfer agreement for a company to build a 16,000 square foot warehouse on six acres of Endeavor land.

“It’s exciting to see all of these different components finally start to come together in what is going to be a tremendous asset to the City of Marianna and Jackson County,” Donofro said.

The names of the companies mentioned have not yet been announced. However, the Danley building is purchased by a company from a nearby town in Florida.

Commissioner Donofro thinks the company that brings the warehouse to Endeavor deals with school supplies.

Now that both projects have been approved, officials hope to start very soon.

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