“It’s not about me, it’s what we get done,” Lewis said. “What I’d like is to see Cartersville revitalized the way it should be.”
A native of Cartersville, Lewis said he appreciates the growth of his hometown, but believes having such growth requires the efforts of various members of the community as well as a knowledge of how to improve and update infrastructure.
“One of the problems with getting things done is people don’t understand what needs to be done or either they don’t have the money or don’t have the will to be able to get out and do it,” Lewis said.
The first building John S. Lewis Property Management restored was at 10 Wall Street, formerly Wall Street Cigar, in 1986. The building now houses Kissing Frogs.
Lewis said he has no plans of slowing down, but didn’t reveal any future plans beyond the Cook Street building.
“I’ve got a lot of goals I want to do, but we don’t know how that all will work out,” Lewis laughed.
Education: Degree from University of Georgia, law degree from Mercer University
What drew you to commercial real estate and renovation?
A: My interest in brick buildings, history and restoration.
What are some of the responsibilities you take on in your line of work?
A: Selecting interesting properties or property and getting the finances, historical and architectural research.
What are your plans with the Cook Street building and when do you expect completion?
A: A combination of mostly retail, residential and storage [properties]. It should be finished in about 10 years.
How did it feel to win the Georgia Cities Foundation’s Renaissance Award and how do you think that award reflects on Cartersville’s progress?
A: I was very flattered to get it, but without the merchants it would not have been possible. We have done well for the last 10 years or so. There is still a lot to be done, especially by the property owners.
What is your greatest personal achievement?
A: Getting an education.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I have planted about 1,000 magnolia trees.
Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?
Do you have a personal philosophy?
A: Yes, try not to be narrow minded.