LCI open house focuses on revitalization
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Concepts for the possible future of the Caldwell Tanks facility at East Broad Street and Salbide Avenue in downtown Newnan and the former PAPP Clinic location on Cavender Street were among the displays at Wednesday’s final public meeting for Newnan’s “Livable Centers Initiative” study.
The approximately 23 visitors to the meeting also saw a rendering of city alleyways turned into outdoor dining spots.
Display boards showed options for improving Jackson Street and East Washington Street, a map of the downtown area with various color-coded proposals, and highlights of the community surveys done as part of the LCI project.
“I found it really interesting to look at the possibilities,” said Charles Bowen, one of the attendees at the open house. “Who knows, maybe in 30 years, some of that will become reality.”
Brad and Nancy Strother were impressed with the study process. “They’re putting a lot of thought into it,” said Nancy.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the results as the years go by,” said Brad.
A rendering of the possible future of the PAPP Clinic site showed multifamily apartments or condos, and street level shopping, across Cavender Street from what will soon be the University of West Georgia satellite campus in Newnan.
Though the study shows possibilities, any future development would be done by a private entity, said consultant Matt Cherry with Lord Aeck Sargent.
Consultants looked at the housing market, and there is a great need for housing around downtown Newnan, Cherry said. And that need will likely increase once the new UWG campus opens on Jackson Street at the former home of Newnan Hospital.
There were four proposals for the Caldwell Tanks site. All contained commercial and residential development. One would turn the largest glass and steel building into apartments, and another included a parking deck.
Turing the L-shaped alley at Spring Street into an outdoor dining area might be a little “pie in the sky,” said city of Newnan Planning Director Tracy Dunnavant, but that’s OK.
“You want things that are realistic, but it doesn’t hurt to reach and kind of push it,” Dunnavant said.
At previous meetings, there had been some possible ideas for improvements to the intersection of Bullsboro Drive, Jackson Street and Clark Street.
But it was decided that work on that problematic intersection was outside the scope of the LCI study.
Instead, the city will try to get LCI transportation implementation funding to do a full study of the intersection, said Dunnavant. During the surveys and public meetings, members of the public considered it a major issue.
The consultants will go before the Newnan City Council on Tuesday to present the results of the study.
Then the draft study will be put together, pulling in comments from the council and the public. The draft will also go to the Atlanta Regional Commission for review. Dunnavant said hopes are to get final approval from the council in June.
For more information, contact Dunnavant at 678-673-5481 or firstname.lastname@example.org .