While some believe Riverdale’s best days are behind it, others can see a promising future, thanks to the city’s new Town Center.
Almost three years in the making, Riverdale’s new “Downtown” has finally come to fruition and will celebrate its grand opening beginning this Saturday, Oct. 9, at 11 am (7210 Church St.).
Visualized by Riverdale’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) in January 2008, the plan included building a new 21,000-square-foot City Hall Complex, a 42,000-square-foot Center for the Arts, Business and Leisure Services, a public plaza with an interactive water feature and a 1,000-seat amphitheater.
LCI is still searching for a private developer to implement the second and third phases of the project, which will include a hotel, retail shops, restaurants and residential units.
The grand opening starts with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by multi-cultural performances and tours of the business expo and complex. For the night owls, a celebratory concert will take place at 8 p.m. at Riverdale’s new amphitheater, featuring performances by Bobby Brown, Miki Howard and the 911 Band. Vendors selling a wide variety of food and merchandise will be on site all day as well, and will conclude with a fireworks show.
The fun continues on Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. as Riverdale celebrates its Community Day, which will include children’s activities and various vendors selling their wares, and concludes with a live amphitheater performance by recording artists The Zapp Band and Shirley Murdock.
FYI – all amphitheater events are FREE but limited seating is available, so bring your lawn chair. But no coolers or carry-ins will be permitted.
Will you come out to support Riverdale’s grand opening? Do you see the new Town Center as a positive for Riverdale and Clayton county overall? What restaurants and/or businesses would you like to see come to the area?