‘Walking Dead’ wall going up in Senoia
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Senoia will once more become a walled city for “The Walking Dead.”
This time, there will be an actual wall surrounding homes in a neighborhood near downtown that will be up for months, but it only covers a small area.
Construction has already begun on the 15-foot tall, steel-panel wall, which is designed to withstand 115 mph winds.
The wall will surround a portion of the Gin Property development, including the brownstones and several homes.
The Senoia City Council recently gave approval for the wall to be constructed, and for it to remain through Nov. 26. However, at the next council meeting on Monday, there will be a request to extend the time period, according to Mayor Larry Owens.
The council approved the closure of Morgan Street from Broad Street to Pylant Street from Sept. 11 to Nov. 26. There will be gates blocking Morgan Street, which will be manned by 24-hour security to allow access for residents, school buses, sanitation trucks and the like.
One area along Morgan Street won’t get the actual wall because the lay of the land doesn’t allow for it, Owens said. Instead, some large shipping containers will be used to give the impression of the wall.
There has been discussion of making Amey Street, which is currently one-way, a two-way street while Morgan Street is closed. That’s an idea the council will consider in the next several weeks.
Owens said he originally thought the wall would have a finish to make it look like concrete, but he confirmed Wednesday there won’t be any additional finish to the wall.
Some residents of the area expressed concerns about the wall at the recent city council meeting.
Location Manager Michael Riley said he will talk to the residents and that Stalwart Films wants to keep a good relationship with the communities where it films.
In the city’s past dealings with Stalwart Films, “they sit down with everybody and they address their concerns,” Owens said.
At the meeting, “all of the concerns were addressed and everybody was fine with it and supportive of it. They understand that it may be a bit of an inconvenience.”
“It is exciting for the project to happen, but it is going to be a challenge for everyone involved to make it work,” said Owens. “But I think they have sufficient plans in place to where it is going to work well for the community.”
Scott Tigchelaar, president of Raleigh Studios Atlanta in Senoia, where “The Walking Dead” is based, is also developer of the Gin Property, and lives in one of the brownstones.
It’s a change for the upscale Gin Property development, which has been the site of two “Southern Living” Idea Houses.
“This has generated quite a bit of interest,” said Owens. “Who would have thought an ugly 15-foot wall in the middle of million dollar town homes and idea houses, all of a sudden seems to be a big deal?"
“I say this in jest,” the mayor added.