Meeting on downtown study Monday

by Sarah Fay Campbell

The city of Newnan is in the midst of a study to determine the future of downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods.

A $120,000 grant was received for the study through a Livable Centers Initiative Grant.

The third of four public meetings focusing on the study will be held Monday at the Carnegie Library, from 5 to 8 p.m. The Carnegie is located at 1 LaGrange St.

The “drop in” style meeting will not be a formal presentation. Residents can visit at anytime during the meeting to view preliminary concepts, ask questions and give input.

There will be displays on conceptual designs for potential economic development opportunities, streetscape projects and new or upgraded parks.

“We’re welcoming those who have been involved in the process all along, as well as those new to the study who might have additional input to be included in the recommendations ,” said Tracy Dunnavant, planning and zoning director for the city of Newnan.

The LCI study is primarily focused on formulating a strategy to balance growth and redevelopment while also addressing transportation needs, according to Dunnavant.

Issues to be addressed in the study include but are not limited to future land use, development patterns, transportation, economic development, housing, and historic preservation.

The LCI study area includes downtown, the old hospital site on Jackson Street, Jefferson Street to the railroad, Sutherland Drive to Farmer Street, everything West of Farmer Street/Pinson Street to just past Savannah Street, then along Calhoun Street to just past the Coweta Justice Center, then just north of Buchanan Street to First Avenue.

After Monday’s meeting, the consultants and staff will begin working on recommendations. “Right now we are in the concept phase, coming up with ideas, throwing them out there and seeing whether or not the citizens and” the city council are receptive to them, Dunnavant said.

There will be a fourth public meeting, sometime in April, to present the final draft recommendations. “We have really focused on getting our citizens involved in this process,” Dunnavant said. “Through our online survey, multiple public workshops, and stakeholder interviews, we have tried to give our citizens a chance to determine how they want their downtown to evolve and grow over the next 20 years.”

So far, interest in the study has been significant. “We are hoping for another great turnout,” Dunnavant said. “Our downtown is a remarkable place and we need the public’s help in developing a solid plan to ensure that it remains that way.”

Those who can’t attend Monday’s meeting but still want to be involved can provide comments to Dunnavant directly by e-mailing tdunnavant@cityofnewnan.org or calling 678-673-5481.



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