Sore over eyesores

The Newnan House Motel has been in the news a lot lately.

Years ago, the old site off U.S. Highway 29 North was “the” place to go after church for brunch, or about any time for that matter. Today it is a dump. The word “eyesore” does not do it justice.

Numerous Sound Offs in the Community Forum have pointed out the deteriorating condition of the old motel and property. Last Sunday, we wrote a front page story about the Newnan House Motel. According to Coweta County authorities, the structure, bad as it is, is in compliance with the county’s unsafe structure ordinance. No one can stay there. It just sits. Readers have repeatedly called on the owner to tear it down or fix it up. Based on our story, it appears little will be done. The owner said he had no plans to repair it because of the cost involved and instead is hoping to sell the property.

Anyone reading the Sound Offs would think the Newnan House Motel is the only blight in an otherwise pristine county. One would be wrong. A simple drive down many a street will show dilapidated homes, buildings and abandoned factories. Less than half a mile from the motel is the old abandoned Coweta-Fayette EMC building, located on one of the busiest intersections in Newnan. And the Coweta County commissioners just approved a recycling center on Hwy. 16/Carrollton Highway near the Hwy. 34 Bypass. That will be at one of the key entrances into Newnan and has never been considered an area to take visitors. In other words, it’s not exactly going to be pretty.

One of the best ways to get government into action is when the citizens demand it - through phone calls to elected officials, letters to the media and grassroots efforts. That has obviously been done with regards to the old motel property. It is interesting to ask why the motel has come under such attack when there are plenty of other buildings that are just as bad, if not worse. Where is the outrage on other properties?

Maybe it’s time to stop focusing on just one location, and start harping on elected officials to put more efforts - and change laws if needed - to force property owners to tear down abandoned buildings that will never get repaired.

The readers have clearly made their voices heard and heard and heard. More Sound Offs on this subject will not change anything. We appreciate reader participation more than anything on the Community Forum, but it is time to end the debate and move on to other topics.

We’d all like to see the old motel torn down. We’d suggest, if the owner can’t afford to do it, that he allow the various fire departments to use it as a training facility. Our firefighters get practice, the residents no longer deal with this one particular eyesore. Something tells us nearby businesses and residents won’t complain too much about a little smoke. 




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