Development Authority

Hospital project remains on track

by Celia Shortt

The Newnan Hospital redevelopment project is progressing, Newnan Business Development Director Hasco Craver IV told the Newnan Downtown Development Authority during its first meeting of 2014 Wednesday.

“Things are hot and heavy up there,” he said of the project at the old hospital campus on Jackson Street.

Craver said the majority of the asbestos abatement process is completed, and the demolition has begun. He plans on having the project’s Guaranteed Maximum Price documents presented at Newnan City Council’s Feb. 11 meeting at 2:30 p.m.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, Newnan’s Downtown Development Authority approved the location of the new kiosks for the downtown area.

The DDA approved putting the kiosks on the Court Square next to Redneck Gourmet and at the site that was formerly Scott’s Bookstore. It also approved moving forward with the bid process to complete the project.

In other business Wednesday:

• Main Street Manager Courtney Collins announced Main Street is expanding Newnan’s First Fridays. First Fridays allow downtown businesses to extend their hours of operation further into the evening. This year, First Fridays will follow the Market Day calendar and be the first Friday of every month starting in April and ending in December. Main Street will also provide entertainment for the attendees.

• It was announced that Meat & Greet, the new restaurant locating at the site of the former Saza Italian restaurant and a portion of the former law offices of Wood, Odom, and Edge on Jefferson Street, is projecting a February opening.

• Collins reported that new fall and spring downtown banners are completed.

• The DDA reviewed and executed DDRLF and GCF award documents for the Meat & Greet renovation project.

• The DDA also reviewed and approved the 2014 Main Street Program calendar of events, the Main Street Program operations budget, and the Memorandum of Understanding among DCA, City of Newnan, and DDA.

• Craver announced the city’s Main Street program is no longer requiring dues for membership.

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