City approves more filming downtown
by Wes Mayer
Newnan City Council on Monday gave approval to close East Broad Street downtown for filming of a movie production.
Scenes for the film “Seashore” will be shot at the Caldwell Tanks property in December and January.
A representative of C4 Productions, Inc., Gabby Williams, requested the closure of East Broad Street between the railroad tracks and the Court Square during filming to allow space for the filming crews’ vehicles and equipment. Williams has already spoken to Newnan Police Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows about hiring off-duty officers to secure the site.
After some discussion concerning parking for Newnan shop owners and customers, the city council approved the request during Monday’s meeting.
In other business:
• A public hearing was held concerning the city’s proposed rezoning of some 10.692 acres of land, the site of the old Hannah Homes housing, to allow for the planned new Public Safety Complex. The council then voted to change the zoning from OCR, Open Space, Conservation and Recreation, and RML, Residential Multiple Family Dwelling - Lower Density, to CGN - General Commercial. The zoning will also allow additional commercial businesses on the site, according to council meeting agenda information.
• Three other public hearings were held involving the resolution of whether to repair or demolish Newnan homes. The first hearing was for 4 and 6 St. Clair St., two buildings containing four units apiece. They are in dire need of repairs, according to Newnan building inspector authorities. At the moment, the two buildings are owned by Wells Fargo bank and only one tenant is living in a unit currently. The council decided to give the owners 60 days to repair the buildings or they will be demolished.
A public hearing was held regarding 39 Ray St. At the moment, the owner of the home is involved in a case with Newnan Municipal Court regarding an unapproved installation of a hot water heater in the home. No residents are living at the address at this time, and due to its need of repairs, which exceed 50 percent of the property’s tax value, according information from the city building inspector. The council approved demolishing the home if not repaired within 45 days.
The owner of the third home on 121 Pinson St., Mr. Beasley, was present for that public hearing and spoke regarding the state of the home. Beasley told the council he purchased the home from the city of Newnan and Coweta County, he is paying taxes and can’t legally repair the home for 365 days. Beasley assured the council he will be securing the home and maintaining the exterior until he can hire a crew to repair the home. The council approved continuing the hearing to August 26, 2014.
• Three appointments to Newnan boards and commissions were put on the agenda, though, the appointments to the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission and Keep Newnan Beautiful were postponed to the next council meeting. Two appointments, Rebecca Gibson and Kathie Gay, were made to the Livable Centers Initiative Study Team.
• Approved was a recreational facility and program agreement between Coweta County and Newnan.
• It was agreed for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta to enter a multi-year agreement with the city to manage and operate the Wesley Street Gym.
• Approval was given for the closing of Brown Street between Madison and West Washington streets from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 for First Baptist Church’s church-wide fellowship.
• Approval was given for free hands-only CPR training randomly taught by Sam Conner with Newnan CPR on the Newnan Court Square sidewalks — no set schedule, possibly twice a month for two hours at a time.
• Approved was a request from Margaret Thompson with Newnan Chapter 483, Order of the Eastern Star, to hold the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Parade beginning at noon on Jan. 11. The parade will enter on Sewell Road, follow Armory Road and LaGrange Street and Wesley Street, and will end at Willie Lynch Park.
• Approval was given for the Newnan Junior Service League to hold the annual 5K/10K and Leprechaun Dash on March 15 at 7:30 a.m. on its certified yearly route.