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Focus on Downtown Development

From the latest issue of the Decatur Focus newsletter

Decatur’s Louis Pichulik Wins Georgia Cities’ Renaissance Award

The Georgia Cities Foundation has selected Louis Pichulik, a metropolitan Atlanta real estate owner and developer, as the recipient of its 2015 Renaissance Award. Pichulik accepted the award during the Georgia Municipal Association’s Annual Convention in Savannah in June.

The Renaissance Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to the revitalization of one or more Georgia cities. Pichulik has made significant investments in historic properties in several metropolitan Atlanta cities, including Decatur, Atlanta, Avondale Estates and Chamblee, returning buildings to their former glory.

Pichulik’s work can be seen prominently on Sycamore Street in Decatur where he has restored nearly a block of buildings that now house retail shops Sq/Ft and Boutique Karma and restaurants Cakes and Ale, Raging Burrito, Iberian Pig and Mac McGee. For many of the buildings, Pichulik had their 1970s-era facades removed to uncover original storefronts and hand-painted signs that were included in the redesign. Pichulik has also restored buildings on Church Street and East Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Pichulik is an active partner with the Decatur Downtown Development Authority and the Decatur Business Association and worked closely with the city to pursue low interest loans and historic tax credits.

The Georgia Cities Foundation was established in 1999 by GMA. The foundation’s primary mission is to assist cities in their efforts to revitalize and enhance downtown areas.