As February comes to an end, Athens has some exciting changes coming up in the future! Last week, a new bill was introduced aiming to help aid the music industry in Georgia through tax credits. Although rent rates have been continually rising, Athens rent is projected to remain below the average rent rates in Georgia and the United States. And in the next few weeks, two new burger restaurants will be opening its doors to the Athens community!
Over the past few years, Georgia’s entertainment industry has grown into a huge source of revenue for the state, particularly in the film department. To continue this pattern of growth, State Representative Bert Reeve’s has proposed a new bill to help establish and develop the music industry in Georgia. This bill would attract artists to record music in Georgia by offering tax credits and tax exemptions, overall adding more jobs and opportunities for Georgia residents.
Mala Sharma, a University of Georgia grad and co-president of Georgia Music Partners, supports the bill, believing that this piece of legislation will help recent Georgia grads interested in the music industry find jobs in state. Sharma also believes that this bill will directly benefit Athens, attracting bands and artists to the city because of the it’s great music history and creative culture.
In Athens, the rise in rent has been steadily increasing for years. However, due to an increase in luxury downtown housing, recent rent costs in Athens have increased by 20%. This surge in prices has caused several University of Georgia students to worry about future living arrangements and prompted many of them to sign leases up to a year in advance.
While rent costs in Athens are higher than ever, they are still well below the average rent costs in Georgia and in the United States. The state of Georgia is considered one of the most affordable places to live in the country, costing an average of $990 for a two bedroom apartment. The average cost of a two bedroom apartment in Athens is around $750.
Athens is about to have two new burger restaurants to try out! The two successful burger chains, Fatburger and Burger 21, have both announced that they will be opening a restaurant in the Classic City in the upcoming weeks. While neither restaurant has set the official opening date, Fatburger has already picked its location inside the Buffalo’s Cafe off Alps Road.
Fatburger is a popular Hollywood chain, especially known for its tasty but hearty XXL burgers. It will be open from 11am to 10pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 11am till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Based in Tampa Florida, Burger 21 offers high-quality ingredients and even has its own sauce bar and shake bar! Burger 21 is still looking for the right location here in Athens.