Newnan plans downtown development series
by Celia Shortt
The city of Newnan is holding the first of four public workshops this coming Thursday, Oct 17, from 6 to 8 p.m at the Newnan Carnegie Library to discuss a future vision for the downtown area.
Earlier this year, Newnan was awarded a $120,000 Livable Centers Initiative grant by the Atlanta Regional Commission. Its purpose is to study the historic downtown area and the neighborhoods east of it and find a strategy on how best to balance growth, redevelopment, and transportation needs.
“I cannot stress how important it is for our citizens to be involved in this process,” said Planning Director Tracy Dunnavant. “It is their chance to determine how they want their downtown to evolve and grow over the next 20 years.”
Some of the projects — both current and future — to be highlighted at the workshops include: Newnan Hospital/University of West Georgia redevelopment project, new Public Safety Complex, use of the existing Municipal Complex, the railroad commercial district, mill village, the Cole Town historic district centered on East Broad, Chalk Level neighborhood along Pinson Street, downtown parks and existing downtown commercial interests.
“It is my hope that concerned community members as well as homeowners, business owners and property owners with an interest in the target area will participate in the workshop as it is designed to gather the input of all stakeholder groups,” said Newnan Business Development Director Hasco W Craver IV. “Successful communities are those that invite, encourage and utilize the input of their citizenry.”
In addition to the workshops, citizens and interested parties can provide their comments to Dunnavant directly through phone 678-673-5481 or email email@example.com .
“We are hoping for a great turnout,” said Dunnavant. “Our downtown is a remarkable place and we need the public’s help in developing a solid plan to ensure that it remains that way.”
Newnan Carnegie Library is at 1 LaGrange Street at the Court Square in downtown Newnan.