Newnan Centre now looking at mid-April opening

By JOHN A. WINTERS
john@newnan.com
The long-delayed Newnan Centre meeting facility has a new opening target date — mid-April 2013 — about nine months later than planned.
In addition, workers with new contractor Headley Construction have found problems with the previous contractor’s work including welds in the structure steel on the roof, and some plumbing issues on the roof as well, Parks Avery, chairman of the Newnan Convention Center Authority, told authority members during their meeting Thursday.
The planned multi-use facility off Lower Fayetteville Road was supposed to open in July 2012, but the authority fired the previous contractor for not paying subcontractors and walking off the job. Headley Construction, based in Newnan, has taken over as general contractor.
“I’ve begged them to try and beat that,” Avery joked, adding Headley was not making any promises. In reviewing the status of construction when Headley took over, Avery said “they saw some issues” with welds on the roof, as well as some questions about rough plumbing.
The convention authority will present those repairs to the bonding company that insured the original contractor’s work for repayment, Avery said. Also, engineers are conducting tests of the parking lot site as there are some questions as to whether the soil is property compacted.

In other action Thursday, the authority voted unanimously to approve the 2013 budget.

The budget calls for $364,244 in revenue and the same amount in expenses. The majority of income includes about $155,000 for rentals and $173,000 in transfers of hotel/motel and rental car taxes from the city of Newnan to the authority. The largest expenses are salaries, both full-time and part-time.

“We are hoping to break even this year and hopefully start improving next year,” Avery said.

The Newnan Centre will be next to the Coweta School System’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.



More Local

buy one, give one

Coweta Community Foundation first recipient

Ginger Jackson Queener has become the first to take advantage of The Newnan Times-Herald’s “Buy One-Give One” advertising ... Read More


New version passes house

House Bill 1 awaits Deal’s signature

On Wednesday, the Georgia House of Representatives voted to approve the Senate’s version of House Bill 1, and the legislation is now o ... Read More


Newnan: Filming has nice ‘Rings’ to it

In April, the upcoming prequel to the 2002 horror movie “The Ring” will be filming some of its scenes in Newnan. Lane Steffler, ... Read More


Man arrested after alleged assault with pipe

By Wes Mayer wesley@newnan.com A man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly attacked another man and damaged his vehicle with a metal pip ... Read More


Westmoreland Announces Mobile Office Hours

The staff of U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland will be holding mobile office hours on Thursday, March 26 in Peachtree City. Westmoreland’s d ... Read More

Jarrard nominates Simmons assistant adjutant general

Col. Jesse T. Simmons is the new assistant adjutant general of the Georgia Dept. of Defense and as commander of the Georgia Air National Gua ... Read More