Newnan Council

Foreclosure proceedings begin on Bowen home

by Celia Shortt

Foreclosure proceedings for 125 LaGrange St., the former home of longtime Newnan educator Sally Bowen, appear to have begun, City Attorney C. Bradford Sears told the Newnan Mayor and Council Tuesday night.

“It appears Chase (Chase Mortgage) is going forward with foreclosure on the property,” said Sears.

Newnan’s Public Information Officer Gina L. Snider said the city cannot confirm the foreclosure process has started because it is not involved in that.

Recently, the roof split along the crest of the home at 125 LaGrange St. and appears to be falling into the house.

According to Snider, the substandard housing file for 125 LaGrange St. was started on Aug. 27, 2013, and first presented to the mayor and city council at the Oct. 22 council meeting. It was continued to a later meeting, and at the Nov 26 meeting, the city council granted a 90-day extension with the owner of the property, Laura Rivers, provided she give two-week updates to the council to ensure communication between all the parties. The discussion was continued at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

According to Newnan Code Enforcement Officer Shane Pridgen, city officials have had no communication with Rivers or her insurance company since the meeting on Nov. 26.

Sears reported in the council meeting that Chase Mortgage has hired an attorney. Newnan Mayor Keith Brady requested that the city deal directly with Chase’s attorney at any future meetings at which this property is on the agenda.

“Chase won’t be able to be on the property until foreclosure has been completed,” said Sears, giving more clarification to the situation.

The council decided to continue its discussion of the property at 125 LaGrange St. until a meeting in January at which they can get an update from Chase Mortgage.

The home at 125 LaGrange St. was for many years the residence of Sarah Louise “Sally” Bowen, a longtime Newnan educator and civic leader. Bowen died of cancer in 1999.

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