UWG Campus Project
DDA to execute loan agreement
by Celia Shortt
The Newnan Downtown Development Authority on Wednesday set a special meeting to consider a resolution and execute the loan agreement and intergovernmental agreement for the University of West Georgia Hospital Redevelopment Project.
The special meeting was set for Monday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m.
The DDA will be procuring a loan for the city of Newnan from United Bank in the amount of $11 million. The loan is for the hospital redevelopment project in which the University of West Georgia is renovating the old Newnan Hospital property on Jackson Street into their new Newnan campus. Classes are slated to start there in January 2015.
Newnan Business Development Director Hasco W. Craver IV said the abatement and demolition have begun for the project, and he will be submitting the first pay request for the project to the Newnan City Council at its meeting on Oct. 22.
“It’s an exciting time for downtown and the city of Newnan,” Craver said.
Craver also gave an update on the planned informational kiosks for downtown Newnan at Wednesday’s meeting. He reported that city officials should have bid documents for all the signage next week. He estimates the kiosks will procured and installed around the end of this year or the beginning of next.
In other business:
• The 2014 DDA officers were chosen. Casey Smith will continue serving as chair. Ray DuBose will serve as vice-chair, and Graylin Ward as secretary. Also, the November meeting will serve as the DDA’s annual meeting.
• Craver gave a positive report on last week’s Taste of Newnan event and the Fall Art Walk. Forty-six vendors participated, and the DDA grossed more than $40,000. He projects their profit to be between $7,000-$8,000.
The Fall Art Walk was also well received and most of the merchants seemed pleased with the event, Craver said.
• A new restaurant is going in at the old Salad Express location on East Court Square. It is set to open in mid to late November and will be a Mexican barbecue restaurant.
Ace Beer Growlers is opening in mid-November in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. It will be located on West Court Square next to Espresso Lane.
Planned restaurant Meat and Greet is still on track to open on Jefferson Street near Madison at the old Saza location, but it may open in January 2014 instead of December 2013.
• Craver reported he is possibly bringing an architect on board to help with programming the space of the historic Municipal Building on Jefferson Street once the Newnan Police Department moves into the new public safety complex. The new complex is scheduled to be completed in late 2014. A groundbreaking ceremony originally set for Tuesday is rescheduled for this morning at 9:30.
• Craver encouraged the DDA members to attend the city’s community workshop on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Library, 1 LaGrange St. The workshop is the first of four designed to solicit input on Newnan’s downtown area and surrounding areas.
• Upcoming events for downtown include: Oktoberfest Boutique Beer Tasting on Friday, Oct. 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Munchkin Masquerade on Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon geared for younger children; the First Friday for November on Nov. 1, when downtown businesses will be staying open later; Market Day on Nov. 2, with vendor booths around the Court Square; and the Holiday Open House on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m, with downtown merchants kicking off the Christmas shopping season.
• DDA also decided on this year’s Christmas ornament. They will still be pewter, but this year’s will be the first in a two-part series. This year’s will be the old Newnan Hospital, and next year’s will show the new UWG Newnan Campus.