Newnan Centre opens with bash

by CELIA SHORTT

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Attendees at Thursday’s public opening enjoy light refreshments in the new Newnan Centre.    

“This is a long-awaited day,” said Newnan Mayor Keith Brady at the official opening of the Newnan Centre on Thursday. 

“It is 14 years worth, but I’m not going to get into the past. The future is what we’re looking for here. This facility belongs to the people of Newnan and Coweta County.”

The new city meeting and events facility is located on Lower Fayetteville Road next to the Coweta School System’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. 

Thursday’s celebration event included a ribbon cutting ceremony, and on hand were Newnan City Council members, Mayor Keith Brady, the Newnan Convention Center Authority, and Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, as well as other people involved with the project and members of the public.

After years of planning, ground-breaking for the Newnan Centre took place in August 2011. Early in 2012, delays began to happen when a new contractor had to be found because the current one had cash flow problems. In spite of the delays, the Newnan Convention Center Authority and Newnan City Council continued to move the project forward.

“City Council is the reason this building is here,” said Newnan Convention Center Authority Chairman Parks Avery. “So, we’re going to let them cut the ribbon.”

“We voted on the money,” said Brady. “But the convention center authority is what took it from the ground up.”

Three groups of people participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Newnan City Council members cut a ribbon, and so did the Newnan Convention Center Authority and Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. 

Some areas of the facility are not quite completed, but the center, including its full commercial kitchen and main ballroom, is ready to go with its first official event, a Habitat for Humanity luncheon on June 27. A black-tie gala was held Tuesday to thank those responsible for making the Newnan Centre possible.

The Chamber also presented an award of recognition to Avery and Brady for their work on the project.

Still yet to be completed is the pavilion and covered walkway connecting the Newnan Centre to the Coweta County Board of Education’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, and the amphitheater is awaiting a few final touches.

Even with those elements still needing to be finished, the Newnan Centre is open and ready for business.




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