Site picked for $8.5M public safety facility


The city of Newnan’s planned $8.5 million public safety building will be located at the site of the old Hannah Homes public housing complex on Jefferson Street. 

Newnan City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night for the Jefferson Street site, which was one of more than 20 sites the city considered, according to Newnan Police Chief Buster Meadows.

“I’m ready to start digging yesterday,” the chief said. “We are all ready to move and get everyone under one roof.”

Groundbreaking for the facility, paid for with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenues, is expected to begin later this summer with the opening a year later, said Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips.

The two-story building will be about 36,000 square feet and will house all of the police department, which is currently scattered throughout the city.

A new municipal courtroom also will be there and can seat up to 150.

Entrances to the property, located beside the old section of Oak Hill Cemetery are planned on Jefferson Street and Augusta Drive, Phillips added.

Also Tuesday, the council approved a contract with the company that will build the city’s new public safety building. Potts Construction of Conyers is the construction manager at risk for the project and will be paid up to $419,764 or 2.9 percent of the project cost. 

A construction manager at risk means the contractor agrees to build the facility for a set price and must absorb any cost overruns. The contract outlines the duties and responsibilities for both the city and the contractor.

The design architect is Clark Patterson Lee, which will be paid almost $400,000. 

In other action Tuesday, council: 

Approved the purchase of two small parcels of land for $10,800. The properties include 0.16 acres on Temple Avenue and 0.44 acres on Clark Street. The city wants the property for potential future uses due to its proximity to the Maggie Brown School complex. The lots are vacant.

Awarded a $226,444 bid to Baldwin Paving Company Inc., for mill and inlay work on four downtown streets. The project involves about 14,900 square yards and includes Spring, East Washington, Perry and East Broad streets.

Approved a request from the SummerGrove Social Committee to hang a banner from May 20-24 for graduating seniors and during dates covering Memorial Day, July 4 and Veterans Day to honor military heroes. It will hang on the gazebo by the front entrance to the SummerGrove neighborhood off Lower Fayetteville Road.

Approved another request from the SummerGrove Social Committee to place four 3-by-3-foot signs at entrances along Lower Fayetteville Road from April 29 to May 6 and Sept. 12-16 for the spring and fall community-wide garage sales.

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