Newnan Council

October groundbreakings planned for public safety, UWG projects

by Celia Shortt

Groundbreakings for Newnan's new public safety complex and the hospital redevelopment project for a new University of West Georgia Newnan campus tentatively will take place in early and late October.

The public safety complex project will be presented at the Oct. 8 Newnan City Council meeting with a groundbreaking shortly after, city officials said.

'I commend Mr. Phillips and his staff for their work on this project,' said Councilman Bob Coggin at Tuesday's council meeting. 'It's very professional.'

The UWG hospital redevelopment project should be presented at the Oct. 22 city council meeting and have its groundbreaking at the end of October. That project involves transforming the old Newnan Hospital property on Jackson Street north of downtown to serve as a new campus for the University of West Georgia Newnan center. The Newnan satellite campus of the Carrollton- based UWG is currently housed in facilities in Shenandoah Industrial Park.

Specif ic dates for each groundbreaking ceremony have yet to be set.

The budget for the public safety complex is just under $9 million, including the cost of the land. The site is the former location of the Hannah Homes public housing project. The old housing complex was razed some years ago.

The public safety complex plans also include space to expand as needed. It will house the entire Newnan Police Department. Currently, they are in different locations throughout the city. The facility will also house a 150-seat municipal courtroom and will have entrances on Jefferson Street and Augusta Drive.

The hospital redevelopment budget is $15 million and includes plans to preserve original historic parts of the hospital building.

The Georgia Board of Regents voted Jan. 8 to approve purchasing the property at 80 W. Jackson St., the site of the historic Newnan Hospital facility, and the Newnan City Council approved contracts to move the project forward on Jan. 22.

The Newnan Hospital Board will donate all the land and give about $4.2 million toward the project.

Coweta County will give slightly more than $500,000 over a 10-year period. Once the project is completed, the Board of Regents will buy the complex for $5 million.

Both projects are waiting on Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) documents, but city officials have the schematic drawings of the facilities.

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