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Council: 2 vacant Olde Town buildings may have owners
951 Railroad St. NW, which formerly housed the Michaelangelo's Italian Restaurant

Two long-vacant, prominent buildings in Olde Town may have new owners, Conyers City Council heard at its March 5 meeting.

The former Michelangelo Italian restaurant at 951 Railroad St. NW and the former Jorge Luis Flores attorney's office at 955 Commercial St. are both "under contract" with potential new owners, reported Councilman Vince Evans. He is also a member of the Conyers Downtown Development Authority, which learned of the deals the previous night, he said.

"I can't say more" about the identities of the possible new owners and their plans, Evans said.

But, he told The News, the Flores building deal is closer to being done. It would bring in a business with 20 to 30 new employees, he said. The long, yellow-green building at the intersection of Commercial and Main Street has been vacant about a year.

The Michelangelo building, a sprawling Victorian house at Railroad and Elm Street, has been vacant for five or six years. The prospective new owner likely won't seal the deal unless he lines up a specific commercial tenant for the space, Evans told The News.

"There's more [economic development] activity going on now than we've seen in probably eight years," said Mayor Randy Mills.