University of West Georgia project remains on track

by Celia Shortt

Work on the new University of West Georgia campus at the site of the old Newnan hospital is continuing, and the project remains on schedule for classes to begin there in January 2015.

At the Newnan Downtown Development Authority’s June meeting on Wednesday, city Business Development Director Hasco W Craver IV made the announcement and said a retaining wall on the backside of the campus will be going in. Additionally, water and sewer work, wood work, electrical wiring, and switch gear installation is being done as part of the hospital redevelopment project.

He also reported Wednesday that the planned downtown information kiosks are one step closer to being finished, as the DDA should know by the end of the week when it will receive the materials. Once city officials have the materials, they will need to make an appointment to have the kiosks installed.

The downtown kiosks will be located within the sidewalk of the interior portion of the Court Square adjacent to existing street furniture on the north and south sides, Craver said after the meeting. “One kiosk will be located across from Corner Arts Gallery and the other kiosk will be located across from Ken’s Bargain Outlet. Both kiosks will provide passersby, principally visitors, with the wayfinding needed to easily navigate the downtown commercial district,” he said.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, Craver:

• Announced the DDA is having parking signs put on traffic signal arms in the downtown area to direct pedestrians and vehicular traffic to parking options off the square.

• Announced Paddle Across Georgia’s community River Fest will be held in downtown Newnan on Wednesday, June 25. The event will feature activities and games, and a 30-foot long pool for kayak demonstrations. There will also be entertainment.

• Announced the First Friday events will now have music at them. The First Friday event for July will be the morning Fourth of July parade, and August’s will include another Screen on the Green event, featuring the movie “Rio 2.” Unlike the previous movie showing, this one will start at 8 p.m.

• Reported there have been a few inquiries for floats for the Fourth of July parade, and the continued goal of the event is to improve it for future events.

• Announced C.S. Toggery is expanding its store downtown into the space formerly occupied by Encore Decor. They will be expanding the products they offer.

• Announced a new restaurant, Garlic Thai & Sushi, is now open downtown.

• Announced Kendra’s is expanding into the space formerly occupied by the Corner Art Gallery at the corner of Jefferson Street and Madison Avenue. The Corner Art Gallery is now located at 30 S. Court Square.



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