Groundbreaking held for public safety complex
by Wes Mayer
The ground where Newnan’s new city public safety complex will be standing by the end of 2014 was officially broken early Thursday.
Mayor Keith Brady, members of the Newnan City Council, city and county public safety officials and other members of the community attended the ceremony at 99 Jefferson St., the future address of the city’s bigger and better public safety complex.
“This is a great day for Newnan,” said Brady, “and obviously a great day for our public safety departments. This new complex is much needed and well-deserved.”
The Newnan Police Department and Municipal Courts are currently packed inside the Municipal Building at 25 Jefferson St. The new complex will be 41,000 square feet with enough space for police officers’ and investigators’ offices, rooms for staff training and the courts, and parking for police and citizen vehicles.
“Forty years ago I would have never thought we would be here,” said Newnan Police Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows, “because 40 years ago we had just moved into our new building downtown, and it was state of the art then.”
The location for the new complex is where the Hannah Homes public housing once stood. The old housing was razed, and a project for new housing on the property never got started. The site, a 10-acre field just north of the downtown business district, proved to be a perfect choice for a new public safety complex.
The complex with its parking lot will only take up half of the property, so there is additional room to grow in the future. A connector road will also be built adjacent to Augusta Drive, made to look like a downtown Newnan street.
Elected officials, employees and community members all dug shovels into the dirt Thursday, officially kick-starting the project.
Construction of the new public safety complex is set to begin mid-November and be completed by the end of 2014. It will cost a total of $8,500,000 with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars. According to Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips, the city council will discuss and approve the project’s guaranteed maximum price during its first meeting in November.
The project will be completed by Potts Construction, architect Clark Patterson Lee and owner representative Comprehensive Program Services.