300 Bullsboro gets much-needed facelift
by Clay Neely
When Jim Thomasson purchased 300 Bullsboro last January, he knew he had to get to work right away.
“We owned it for only three days when half of a shutter fell off. We knew we had to get to work,” said Thomasson.
The idea to purchase the land initially came from Thomasson’s wife, who insisted, “We should renovate that building. It’s ready.”
The building was purchased in January and renovations began in April. Four months later, the results are hard to miss if you’re driving down Bullsboro, especially at night.
300 Bullsboro recently celebrated its grand reopening with a Tenant and Vendor Appreciation Day — complete with a ribbon cutting, a hot dog vendor and the cooperation of mother nature, stopping the rain long enough for all to enjoy the event.
After purchasing the property, Jim personally visited each business and explained his vision for the complex and the slight hike in rent. With a professionally-sketched plan in his hand, tenants could envision the result of the increase.
“It’s a win-win when you can form a partnership with the city and your tenants. The city was very happy we were doing it and most of the tenants stayed.”
What were initially parking lot sinkholes are now green space. Stacked stone has replaced the original stone facade. Tapered columns, dormers and cupola were added in a craftsman architectural style, along with an entirely overhauled landscape, complete with an all new irrigation system.
Jim stressed his gratitude toward the city of Newnan.
“The city has to buy into a flat idea as to what the owner developer is going to do. They trusted us with our vision and we thank them.”
“They supported us and gave us some flexibility. When you can deliver on your promise, they’ll remember in the future.”
The renovations were contracted to Newnan businesses exclusively. Such companies and organizations as K.A. Oldham, Greenwood Group, Josey Young & Brady Realty, Progressive Heating & Air were involved and the city’s Newnan Utilities.