Centre to begin bid process soon for second traffic entrance

by Celia Shortt

The bid process for the second traffic entrance to the Newnan Centre on Lower Fayetteville Road, including construction of a roundabout, could begin as early as next week.

“Hopefully the bids will go out for the roundabout in the next week or two,” said Parks Avery, chair of the Newnan Convention Center Authority, at Thursday’s meeting.

Avery reported that drawings and engineering for the project are finished and all that remains is to determine where the dirt will go once the grading on the site is finished. The authority is working on an agreement with Newnan city officials for where it will go.

“As soon as they (the city) determine that, the bid process can begin,” said Avery. “That will happen very, very soon.”

The bids to come in for the project will be sealed and come through the city. Avery hopes to have more information by the March authority meeting.

Avery also announced he and Newnan Business Development Director Hasco W. Craver IV will be sending a letter to Kim King Associates, LLC, about their current intentions for developing a hotel adjacent to the Newnan Centre meeting facility and the school system’s neighboring Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. Kim King had been given exclusive rights to look at the site for 180 days to determine whether to develop it into a hotel.

Avery said it has been 211 days and the authority has not heard from the firm, and an update is needed because it is past time.

In other business:

• Newnan Centre Executive Director Carol Moore noted that the Newnan Centre was selected a 2013 Prosperity Award Winner by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. It will be recognized at the Chamber’s annual meeting on March 5.

• The Centre’s March meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 instead of at 6:30 p.m. to allow for an event.

• Moore shared that the facility is continuing to receive more repeat business and new business. She also mentioned it has been featured in the “Atlanta Business Chronicle,” as well as some bridal publications.



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