Warner building a future preschool?

By JOHN A. WINTERS
john@newnan.com
Newnan City Council will hear a recommendation on what to do with the old Howard Warner school building during its meeting Tuesday.
The recommendation will come from the Howard Warner Committee, which was charged with finding the best use for the old school, located on Savannah Street.
Council will meet at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the city municipal complex on LaGrange Street.
“Even though the consensus of the committee was to find a use that would primarily benefit the city as a whole, they also wanted to be sensitive to the needs of the Chalk Level residents,” the committee members stated in their report.
The committee received about 25 recommendations and then created sub-committees to evaluate those. From that, seven groups/ organizations made additional presentations.
“The consensus of the committee was to recommend that the mayor and city council lease the buildings to Rakoo Enterprises at a low rate for a time to be determined and to give them a minimum of six months to conduct a feasibility study and come back to the city with a proposal,” the committee said.
Rakoo is a non-profit group that will provide a preschool program for 4-year-olds with a curriculum emphasizing arts and music. They also would provide after-school music and art programs for children of all ages, as well as programs for the elderly.
Currently, the non-profit does not have sufficient funding to renovate the buildings or run the program, the committee said. However, Rakoo is developing several fundraising ideas and would conduct an engineering study to determine the cost of renovating the buildings.
The non-profit hopes to open the facility in the fall of 2013, but that would depend on funding and the cost of renovations.
Also Tuesday, council will hear a request form Woodridge Productions and Sony Pictures, which produce the Lifetime Television series, “Drop Dead Diva,” to film scenes for the upcoming fourth season at the 1904 Coweta County Courthouse in downtown Newnan on May 15 and 16.
In other action, council will:
• Hear a request from Muhammad Ashraf for a retail off premise (package) sales of malt beverages and wine license for Crescent Food Mart at 10 The Crescent.
• Hear a request from city staff to approve a bid of $237,868 from ShepCo Paving Inc., for full-depth reclamation and paving of Pinson Street. The project includes removing and replacing damaged curb and gutter sections, sidewalks and driveway aprons, among other things. The money would come from 2007 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.
• Hear a request from staff to enter into an agreement with Coweta County for reconstruction of Parkway North.
The existing portion of the road runs from Bullsboro Drive to a tie-in of a new section of Parkway North currently under construction as part of the new Cancer Treatment Center of America’s complex. The city and county would each pay for the section within their boundaries. The city’s share would be about $241,000 and paid for with SPLOST 2007 funds.


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