Historic Development Ventures, 2011

Downtown Senoia.
Senoia development company Historic Development Ventures LLC has been selected as the recipient of the Georgia Cities Foundation’s “Renaissance Award.”
Principals Scott Tigchelaar and Paul Lombardi, who own several downtown Senoia parcels and a movie studio located just outside of the city, could not attend the award presentation due to scheduling conflicts; however, Senoia Downtown Development Authority chair Suzanne Helfman and Terry Pylant, a partner in Historical Concepts in Peachtree City, accepted the award on their behalf at the Georgia Municipal Association’s Annual Convention in Savannah on Monday, June 27. 

The Renaissance Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to the revitalization of one or more of Georgia’s cities. Historic Development Ventures, which was nominated by the Senoia Downtown Development Authority, has been involved in downtown development for the past four years and has designed all of its downtown infill development to blend seamlessly with Senoia’s early 1900s architectural style.
The company has invested well over $12 million and built 50,000 square feet of new office, retail and restaurant space and restored three buildings on Main Street, two of which have become additional restaurants and one which is used by the Downtown Development Authority as a welcome center. They have also developed an award winning and environmentally friendly parking lot adjacent to the heart of downtown, adding 88 free parking spaces to the city’s center of commerce.

“The investments provided by Historic Development Ventures have been key elements in the revitalization of Senoia,” said Georgia Cities Foundation President Mike Starr. “Without question, this company, led by Tigchelaar and Lombardi, has been an instrumental player in turning downtown Senoia into a vibrant place to live, work, dine and play.