Newnan City Council
No plan yet for old Warner building
by John A. Winters
The Newnan City Council-appointed committee working to develop the old Howard Warner School buildings on Savannah Street has determined it has not found any suitable uses for the complex.
The Howard Warner Committee will present their findings during Tuesday’s Newnan City Council meeting, according to city staff documents.
The committee originally recommended council lease the facilities to RaKoo Enterprises for use as a preschool focused on art and music. However, the developers later decided they could not go through with the project.
The committee was asked to meet again to come up with recommendations. They sent out notices to the community asking for new proposals, and also contacted other finalists.
“After completing this process, the committee only received one proposal,” according to a letter to council. “It was suggested the facility be used as a police precinct funded with taxpayer dollars. Given the fact that a new public safety complex is currently being planned… the committee felt the council should decide if they wanted to move forward with that suggestion.”
The old school is located at 55 Savannah Street in the Chalk Level neighborhood. It has remained vacant for the past four years while the structure falls into disrepair. The facility was used as central offices for the Coweta County School System in the 1970s and 1980s and later for instructional program offices before the facility was given to the city in 2008.
In closing the committee said “as a result, the committee voted unanimously to inform council that after much time and effort, they could not identify anyone with a proposed use or possible funding to occupy the facilities at this time.”
Council will meet at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall on LaGrange Street.
Also Tuesday, council will hear a request from its Business Development Office to amend the Urban Development Plan.
The proposal would create Opportunity Zones designed to entice private investment in “areas that display pervasive poverty, underdevelopment, general distress and blight,” according to staff documents.
Targeted zones would include Temple Avenue, Greenville Street South and Bullsboro Drive.
• In other action, council will:
Hear a request to obtain temporary construction easements for 51 Jackson St. and 69 Jackson St. for needed work on the Jefferson/ Jackson Street Corridor Improvement Project.
Hear a request to approve about $40,000 in change orders for the Greenville Street Corridor Improvement Project.
Hear a request to use the parking lot adjacent to the historic railroad depot between East Broad and East Washington streets for a Farmer’s Market. The market plans to be open on Wednesdays between May 1 and Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hear a request to close certain downtown streets June 22 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. for a 5K benefit run for Cole Crotreau, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.
Hear a request to close streets around the downtown Court Square April 27 from 6-10 p.m. for the 6th Annual Crusin’ for the Cats Show and Shine Car Show to benefit the Newnan High School marching band. Between 100 and 200 show cars are expected.