New businesses planned in Thomas Crossroads

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Three new businesses will be coming to the Thomas Crossroads area.

A new Verizon Wireless store will be locating in the old Blockbuster building on Hwy. 34 East, a Pep Boys will be built on an outparcel near Tractor Supply, and a U-Haul rental facility and retail store will be built next door to Starship.

All will be connecting to the Coweta Water and Sewerage Authority's sewer system in that area, as will the Kroger shopping center at Thomas Crossroads. The Kroger center has been plagued by septic tank problems for several years.

Rusty Russell, head of water distribution for the authority, spoke about the proposed new sewer customers, as well as the progress on the new sewer line to serve East Coweta High School and Poplar Road Elementary School, at Wednesday's meeting of the authority. Yokogawa, which makes automation products, will also be expanding, Russell said.

Russell said Kroger representatives are still working on the design for the line to tie into a manhole cover along Hwy. 34 East, Russell said.

"It is somewhat extensive what they’re going to have to do to get to us." As for the new sewer line to serve ECHS, 25,000 feet of line is already laid, with 6,700 feet left.

Russell showed authority members a map of the new lines and those yet to be laid.

The Coweta County School System is paying the cost of the lines to serve the two schools. Getting to connect to public sewer means that the land currently used for the school’s septic tank drain fields can be used for other purposes, including expansion.

All commercial users will be able to access the line as well. The school system will have the right to market the sewer line, and users will have to pay an upfront fee of $17 per gallon of daily capacity they would need, to help cover the cost of extending the line.



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