Newnan Council

ACE Beer Growlers alcohol license approved

by Celia Shortt

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Spencer Kanner and his wife, Cindy, are the owners of ACE Beer Growlers in Newnan. Their son Jason owns ACE Beer Growlers in Fairburn and will be involved at both stores. Spencer and Cindy describe this venture as a collaborative effort between them and the entire family. ACE is hoping to open in downtown Newnan by Thanksgiving.

Newnan City Council approved an alcohol license for ACE Beer Growlers at its regular meeting Tuesday at Newnan City Hall, allowing the establishment to sell craft beer and malt beverages in growlers.

“We are looking forward to being part of the downtown business community,” said Spencer Kanner, owner and licensee of the Newnan business. “The process has been long, but the city has been great. Everyone has been receptive.”

ACE Beer Growlers was started by Kanner’s son, Jason, who owns a store in Fairburn. The store on Newnan’s West Court Square is owned by Kanner and his wife, Cindy, although Jason will be involved with the store, including beer and product selection.

Now that the alcohol license is approved for Newnan, Kanner is waiting for state approval before the business can open.

“The business is pretty much ready to open,” he said. “We hope to be open by Thanksgiving. We are looking forward to serving the community great craft beer.”

— Also discussed Tuesday was Newnan’s new public safety complex. Several items moving the construction project forward were approved.

The city council approved a guaranteed maximum price change order in the amount of $6,992,576 to Potts Construction, the construction manager for the project. The new complex will be on Jefferson Street on the site of the former Hannah Homes public housing, just east of the old section of Oak Hill Cemetery.

“We are presenting guaranteed maximum price documents,” said Eric Johnson, a representative for Potts Construction. “It is under the budget we have set on the project. Upon approval, we are ready to begin moving dirt.”

To help Potts Construction begin the project, the city council approved a change in the amount of $842,159 to start construction on the new connector road associated with the new public safety complex.

“We are recommending approval, so we can get started on this at the same time,” said Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips.

The city council approved the change order as presented. It also heard a request to rename the connector road after Rev. Joseph E. Hannah. Hannah was a prominent pastor of Newnan Presbyterian Church. The request to rename the road was referred to staff for review and recommendations.

In the final new public safety complex item at Tuesday’s meeting, the city council also awarded a contract of $40,537 to Nova Engineering & Environmental LLC for materials testing and inspection services for the new facility.

— In other action, Marianne Pizzitola and Matthew Tucker of Our Community Farmers Market requested to move from their current location near the Historic Train Depot on East Broad Street to the Court Square in downtown Newnan to sell produce weekly — each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pizzitola and Tucker said the new location would be where Market Day is currently held, around the 1904 Coweta County Courthouse. The vendors would set up on different sides of the sidewalk in order to rotate locations and benefit everyone, the organizers said. They also said the vendors would not be parking on the square.

City Councilman George Alexander was concerned about the effect the new location would have on the merchants downtown.

“As to the effect, I think it is yet to be determined,” said Phillips.

The city council approved referring Pizzitola and Tucker’s request to the city’s Main Street Program officials and have them put it on the agenda for their next member meeting.

The Our Community Farmers Market is closed for the season and will re-open in the spring.



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