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Aldora mill village down to three houses

At the end of last week, only three houses remained in the Aldora Mill village and those were spoken for and expected to be moved soon. The Town of Aldora has big plans and is itching to move ahead with a gated community on the property. All the mill homes were sold some time ago and several have already been flipped. Heavy rains delayed the moving of many of them in that people were putting them in pastures and by ponds in the country, according to Aldora mayor Jimmy Matthews. ‘To speed up the clean-up we are giving away the leftover blocks and storage buildings that were in the backyards of each home. People are free to just go get them,’ Matthews said. Once people have taken what they want, City of Barnesville crews will move in to bulldoze the debris and remove what’s left. ‘They will crush cement and blocks to use for erosion control so as to minimize the amount of debris taken to the landfill,’ Matthews added. Aldora is finalizing negotiations with architectural firms to redesign the neighborhood which will likely include a new street plan. ‘We want to establish a low density, gated community for those 55 and over. We are talking with several developers. One of the first things we will do is put up a small town hall with space for one emergency vehicle and reestablish our identity as a chartered municipality,’ Matthews said. One of the interesting details to emerge from the project thus far is the fact the mill village homes arrived here by rail as pre-fabricated dwellings back in the 1930s and 1940s, the mayor concluded.

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