Groundbreaking for public safety complex Tuesday
by Wes Mayer
The groundbreaking ceremony for Newnan’s new city public safety complex will be held Tuesday at its new location on 99 Jefferson St.
Mayor Keith Brady, city council members and members of the Newnan Police Department will be breaking the ground during the ceremony. Citizens of Newnan and Coweta County are invited to join the event at 9:30 a.m. on the site of the old Hannah Homes public housing complex.
The new public safety complex will be built to better serve the Newnan Police Department and the Municipal Court, which are both currently cramped inside the Municipal Building at 25 Jefferson St. The new complex will be 41,000 square feet and will have plenty of offices for the Administrative Division, Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations and Special Operations Division of the police department. There will also be increased space for rooms and offices for the Municipal Court and for staff training, and the complex will include a parking lot with more than 170 parking spaces.
The new complex will be funded from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds at a cost of $8,500,000. The complex’s construction will be handled by Potts Construction, architecture by Clark Patterson Lee and owner representation by Comprehensive Program Services. The new complex is scheduled to be completed in late 2014.
“I would like to thank the citizens for supporting SPLOST for the funds to build a new Public Safety Complex,” said Newnan Police Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows. “This will help us to provide better service to our community and will be more user-friendly than the present department.”
The city received 123 responses to a survey discussing a new use for the Municipal Building. According to Business Development Director Hasco Craver, the survey is currently not open, but the City of Newnan is always open to new ideas from members of the community.
The survey included five choices and an open opinion option, and those taking the survey were asked to rank each of the choices 1-5, with 1 being the most favorable. The results showed option 5, using the building as a partnership with universities and institutions — partnering with universities and other institutions to bring specialized cultural arts exhibitions and experiences to the downtown area — was found to be the most popular with almost 62 percent voting for most favorable.
Option 4, using the building as special interest/leased space — providing space to and/or lease space to special interest groups that would provide access to cultural arts programs — was found to be the least popular with 31 percent voting for most favorable.
The other three options, using the building for entertainment activities, educational events and exhibitions, and classes and instruction, all received between 40 and 50 percent votes for most favorable. The Municipal Building will continue to hold the Wadsworth Auditorium regardless of the choice, and until late 2014, it will be home to both the Newnan Police Department and the Municipal Courts.