Old auto auction site to hold heavy equipment
by SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
The new owners of the former Adesa auto auction property, Euro Auctions USA, have been working on the property between Raymond Hill Road and I-85, and bringing in heavy equipment the company will auction. A billboard on the site advertises the first auction will be held on June 26.
Euro Auctions purchased the long-vacant auto auction site in late September 2012. The company is one of the leading industrial auctioneers in Europe, and has auction sites in England, Northern Ireland, Germany, Spain and Australia.
The Newnan site, listed as “Atlanta” on Euroauctions.com, is the first United States location.
Euro Auctions sells industrial, construction, and agricultural equipment.
The long-vacant site has been cleaned up a bit, but more work remains before the property will be in compliance with Coweta County regulations.
Only a portion of the site is zoned industrial, according to county Planning Department Director Robert Tolleson. The rest is zoned commercial, and the heavy equipment auctions can’t be held on those portions without a rezoning.
The new owners have submitted site plans and gotten building permits to bring the site into compliance, and construction activity is ongoing, Tolleson said.
The new owners don’t currently have a certificate of occupancy, according to Tolleson, and will need either a CO or special permission from the Coweta County Board of Commissioners to hold the scheduled auction on June 26.
Needed improvements include renovating buildings to meet current codes, striping the parking area and meeting Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, planting a buffer around the auction storage area, revamping the stormwater management pond to meet current standards, rehabilitating the site by removing trash, weeds, etc., and ensuring that all drives and access ways are a minimum of 24 feet wide, Tolleson said.