Senoia opens new welcome center on town's Main Street

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The new Senoia Welcome Center is located on Main Street in the downtown business district.

By KRISTIAN HAMMOND kristian@newnan.com Senoia Downtown Development Authority has opened a new city welcome center on Main Street for visitors and locals. Not only is the new welcome center larger than the older one, it is also in a more central and easier to find location.
"The DDA bought this building and the one next to it," said Rhonda Moye. "They basically renovated both buildings. One serves as the Welcome Center and the other they rent out to local businesses." The Welcome Center, which opened Dec. 19, is fully equipped with chairs, tables, a couch, an entertainment system, and even wi-fi for seven. In addition, it has brochures about Senoia and Coweta County. "We wanted to make it more comfortable," said Moye. "We wanted people to feel like they were walking into a living room. Our decorator, Gary Baumgardner of Home Design Dynamics, did a fantastic job." "They have turned those buildings into jewels," City Councilman Maurice Grover added. "Richard Ferry, the city administrator, acted as our construction manager," DDA Chairman Suzanne Helfman said. "Richard's help in completing this project was immeasurable. His patience and problem-solving skills were put to the test." The Senoia Welcome Center has a mission to serve the community as well as tourists. In addition, it is geared to maintaining a list of guest houses or other living accommodations for those who might need furnished rentals while in the city for movie or television productions. The Senoia area has seen multiple filming schedules for television network Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva," and AMC network hit "The Walking Dead" is filming in Coweta. Though the Welcome Center is open, it is far from being complete. "We will be setting up a bulletin board outside," Helfman said. "But we also need volunteers to help around the center. We will have a volunteer orientation for anyone who is interested Jan. 6 at 1 p.m." The new Senoia Welcome Center is sure to help the community in many ways, Moye added. "It's important for up-and-coming towns like Senoia to have a spot for people who are coming through to learn about the town and its points of interest. It is a good starting point for people to get a feel of the community. It also will help the locals because they will be able to come by and get information about upcoming events. And because the DDA put forth this effort, I think it really shows citizens the dedication and the interest they have for the town and its people." Welcome Center hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The contact number for the center is 770-727-9173. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Suzanne Helfman at 770-599-8182.


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