Raleigh Studios near Senoia planning expansion

Raleigh Studios Atlanta in Senoia is looking to expand.

Tuesday night, Scott Tigchelaar of Raleigh Studios and Kudzu Productions appeared before the Coweta County Board of Commissioners.

The film production tax incentives passed several years ago have had a tremendous impact on the state, Coweta County and the studio.

“We’re looking to accommodate our current tenant with expanded facilities,” said Tigchelaar. “We’re looking forward to this and building out the rest of the site as quickly as possible.”

Several years ago, Kudzu Productions obtained a rezoning for 8.48 acres on Chestlehurst Road, adjacent to the studio.

At the time of that original submission, the plans showed brick structures, said Coweta Zoning Administrator Angela White. Since brick was offered, the rezoning conditions ended up requiring brick.

The applicants are willing to make the office building brick, but are asking for relief on the warehouses and sound stages.

The commissioners voted unanimously to remove the brick requirement for the other buildings.

“We thank you for what you do for Coweta,” said Chairman Bob Blackburn.

In other meeting business:

• Newnan Utilities is not in favor of allowing the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority to begin designing and operating decentralized sewer systems.

In 2006, the county entered into an intergovernmental agreement with Newnan Utilities regarding the sewer systems, which would serve higher density residential developments in the county.

In February, Commissioner Rodney Brooks asked county staff to contact Newnan Utilities to see if they would be willing to let the Coweta Water and Sewerage Authority be brought on board as another provider.

Newnan Utilities General Manager Dennis McEntire was at Tuesday’s meeting to talk about the decentralized systems for a proposed retirement community, and Brooks asked him about the issue.

“We did have that conversation,” McEntire said. In 2006, “We spent a lot of time and a lot of money – close to a million dollars – in making sure what we knew what we were doing,” McEntire said. Shortly thereafter, “the market quit,” he said.

“So we have been carrying that expense with very little business. And now that it is looking like we’re going to have some business, it was not the right time for us to decide we didn’t want to take advantage of our intergovernmental agreement.

“We could probably put a price tag on what we have and if y’all were interested in buying us out of business, we would be glad to talk to you. That is just sort of our position,” McEntire said.

“We never saw it as a huge profit center."

• The board approved a rezoning of 32 acres between Glenda Trace and Posey Road for an assisted living facility.

• The board approved a conditional use permit to allow Word of God Lutheran Church to locate on 16.8 acres on Hwy. 34 East across from Shoal Creek Drive.

• The board executed an access and “hold harmless agreement” with Magna Seating for additional monitoring wells related to the environmental remediation of the former Douglas and Lomason property on Temple Avenue.

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