Newnan conference center opens today
by CELIA SHORTT
The grand opening of the long-awaited city Newnan Centre events facility located next to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road will be today at 10 a.m.
Those involved with the building of the facility celebrated at a black-tie gala Tuesday.
The Newnan Centre will be a multi-use facility for the city, businesses, and members of the community.
Newnan Mayor Keith Brady and members of the Newnan City Council will officially cut the ribbon to open the facility and begin the day’s festivities. A dedication and light refreshments will follow.
Newnan Convention Center Authority Chairman Parks Avery said he is excited about the new facility and what it means for Newnan and Coweta County.
“This is going to be a cool place,” he said as the finishing touches were being made in April. “We are going to start seeing a ton of change all at once. Everything is going to start coming in at a quick pace.”
Groundbreaking for the center took place in August 2011. Early in 2012, delays began when the contractor, D. Dean and Associates, had cash flow problems and a replacement had to be found. Headley Construction of Newnan was named the replacement and completed the facility.
The invitation-only, black-tie gala opening event Tuesday night was held to thank everyone who was involved with the project and to showcase the facility to businesses that could potentially use it. Attendees enjoyed a reception and dinner and got to tour the building.
The Newnan Centre’s first official function is a luncheon for Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity on June 27.
The Habitat for Humanity Building Better Communities luncheon will feature comedian and “Good Morning America” correspondent Anita Renfroe on June 27 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $35 each or $315 for 10 tickets (one free seat with a purchase of 10 tickets). For tickets, call 770-252-9049 ext. 15 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also available at the Newnan Habitat ReStore on Pine Road. The luncheon will include a live auction for a golf cart, and a silent auction.
The Newnan Centre project, located on an 11-acre site, was funded by monies from the 2002 and 2007 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and hotel/motel and motor vehicle rental taxes.
Planning work is under way to build a second entrance from Lower Fayetteville Road to the complex that houses the Newnan Centre and the Coweta County School System’s neighboring Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.