World Gym seeks new site in PTC’s Lexington Circle

World Gym owner Dar Thompson wants to close one gym and to build a new facility in the Lexington Circle retail center off Ga. Highway 54 East in Peachtree City.

The 2.28 acre site would be located adjacent to the townhomes on the property and also the Governors Row subdivision. There is a 50-foot city owned greenbelt separating the site from the Governors Row residents.

The two-story building includes the main gym on the first floor with 21,875 sq. ft. and a mezzanine on the second level of 6,783 sq. ft.

The plan got a first review in a workshop meeting of the planning commission Monday night.

Thompson said he plans to close the current World Gym location that is a short distance outside the city limits on Hwy. 54.

The facility would include an indoor pool and 102 parking spaces in addition to the common parking spaces included in the development.

One of the elements the planning commission expects on the next version of the plan is a way to screen the nearby homes from the development. Another outstanding issue is how pedestrians and golf carts will get to the site.

The commission is expected to vote on the site plan at a future meeting.

The building has an 80-percent brick front and a large amount of glass on the exterior as well, according to project architect Jefferson Brown. The exterior also has faux balconies to carry on the architectural theme laid out for the development.

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Darryl's not done trying to

Darryl's not done trying to buy a facility from the City. I don't believe it. I doubt he's given up on getting Kedron Field House.

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The article in The Citizen

The article in The Citizen says "architect" but his website does not use this term

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Jefferson Browne cease and desist order from State of GA

Here is the site where you can find his order to stop practicing commercial architecture:
http://sos.georgia.gov/plb/architects/minutes/20051028.pdf

· Jefferson Browne: Mr. Mehserle made a motion to accept a signed Voluntary Cease
and Desist Order and to close the case. Mr. Maschke seconded the motion. The motion
carried unanimously.

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Jefferson Brown is not a licensed architect!!!!

How does this guy get away with posing as an architect? It is against the law for him to contract for architectural services! Check the state site, he isn't there.

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Not architectural services!

Not architectural services! He is offering design services, very big difference. He has done a couple of design services for us and is reasonable, competent and a great person to work with. As far as digging up dirt Gcat, read the 2005 GA decision http://sos.georgia.gov/plb/architects/minutes/20051028.pdf. This was voluntary on Mr. Browne's decision

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Gcat: check this out

Jefferson Browne Design Group at jeffersonbrownedesigns.com
(sorry, hyperlinks get me banished to the Phantom Zone)

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Interior designers

A few years ago a new state law was passed to allow interior designers more leeway into the architectural field.

Mr. Brown may have also subcontracted the services of an architect who he maybe using to stamp the drawings

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Brown is pretending to be architect

So what you are saying is that you also know that Brown is not an architect, yet he advertises as one and accepts work as one. It is against the law for an architect to stamp someone else's work! It used to be an automatic loss of license for the architect who stamped other's work. Mr. Brown has already been found guilty and fined by the state for advertising and prentending to be an architect for which he agreed to not practice commercial architecture ever again. Look it up for yourself.

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Gcat: Just say it already
Gcat wrote:

So what you are saying is that you also know that Brown is not an architect, yet he advertises as one and accepts work as one.

Nothing on their website mentions anything about architecture. If you read it, you'll notice that word is never used. They have designed a few buildings that I am pretty familiar with as I go to them occasionally and they look good.

If you have some legit beef with the guy, go ahead and say it. Otherwise, you sound like someone who got outbid on some good jobs and is just griping and maybe stretching it a bit.

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Designers vs architects

I just performed a google search and in 2005, Mr. Browne appears to have had an issue with the state board of architects. Did not dig any further.

Performing design drawings for a potential client is not a crime. I do know that within the last few years the state has allowed designers to stamp certain drawings. Not sure what qualifies for the stamp, but I have been involved with corporate clients who utilized the services of designers in lieu of architects and permitting was not an issue.

I don't think Mr. Thompson with his past construction experience would go into something without knowing the facts.

Gcat had a beef last year with Mr. Browne and stated the same thing. Not sure what his problem is, but I doubt he will be forthcoming about it anyway.

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Architctural vs Designer drawings

Doesn't make much diff--neither will be the same after a good Structural Engineer does his thing with them!

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I'm a she, and I'm not an

I'm a she, and I'm not an architect.
I do not bid against Browne.

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Ms. Gcat

Seems you suffer under the illusion that to be certified by the State, it somehow protects buyers of services. The only thing it does is protect those that are certified to higher prices for the same services, for a fee to the state of course. Without a doubt, the protected class has their own lobby effort that supports candidates of their liking. This is just one fundamental basis of corruption thrust upon an unsuspecting citizenry.

It is simply another way that the State interferes with free markets. It insures the benefit of the few at the expense of the many.

Let's be honest about this, you would not fear Mr. Browne if he didn't provide the same or better service at a lower price. You have some interest in posting this or you wouldn't have posted it. Husband? Brother? Sister? You have some interest in it right?

No, Ms. Gcat I don't know Mr. Browne.

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Why doesn't Jefferson Browne have a license?

Could JB not pass the architectural exam? What happens to the owner when the building fails? Who gets sued? Not JB. The guy whose stamp he bought gets sued. What happens to the owner when the building can't get approval because of a stamp problem? Does JB refund their money? Ask around. Next time you need surgery, just ask for a butcher. He'll do it for less. No license needed.

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Ms. Gcat - What

What concern of it is of yours if I want to use a butcher? Or a conceptual planner, or any other service? None, and more importantly it's no business of the state either. I would wager that if we had no licensing we would have a better economy, safer buildings, better physicians at much lower prices. Oh yes, we wouldn't have lobbies that support such licensed special interests that breed their own incestuous incompetence.

You or your interested party, that apparently lost business to Mr. Browne, just need to understand that you are either too expensive or too incompetent or both.

Now, get out there a compete and stop whining.

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It takes many more years of

It takes many more years of schooling, on the job experience, continuing education etc, Mr B is a Designer, no more, he makes the concept drawing, the cosmetics if you will. A team with architects, structural engineers do the nuts and bolts, so to put it so you can understand , he is one of many that take it from dream to completion. In others words he gets the patient ready for the doctor

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The Prez & the Process

That's a pretty good descripton of what happens in reality--some folks clearly don't understand the process or maybe got scorched when hey skipped a step and got caught!

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Gcat, if your inquiring mind wants to know why don't you just

ask these questions of Mr. Brown? Evidently you and the rest of us are not of the same mindset and even if we were, we do not have the answers. Your continuing with this makes you appear to be someone he either bested on a deal or maybe since you say you are a female--could it be unrequited love? Sure sounds like someone with an ax to grind. All that built up anger and angst could give you ulcers or at least wrinkles.

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Gcat & who gets sued

I don't think Architects or Designers get sued if a failure occurs and a Structural Engineer signed off on it. Not all projects require a stamp and most Professionals with a stamp also have Errors & Omissions Insurance that covers them in case something goes South! A Developer or Invester would be foolish not to have a PE review a project.