Senoia considers charter school annexation

The Senoia City Council last week heard the first reading of an annexation and rezoning proposal for the Peachtree Baptist Church property on Ga. Highway 16, home of the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia. The second reading and potential approval will come at the April 4 meeting.

The annexation and rezoning request last week came on the heels of the council’s vote earlier this year to accept the application and the project’s subsequent support by the Coweta County Commission.

Florida-based Charter Schools USA operates the new school, having signed a lease/purchase agreement for the Peachtree Baptist Church property in 2010. The existing building provides classroom space for the current K-3 grades, though the school is expected to break ground on the 11.2-acre site in the coming weeks to accommodate the expansion of the school for grades K-7 beginning in August. Eighth grade classes will be added at a later date.

A site plan for the expansion previously submitted by Florida-based Red Apple Development, LLC shows a proposed two-story, 34,066 square-foot addition at the rear of the current building and a 1,560 square-foot addition on the west side of the current building situated along Hwy. 16. The parcel has 1,020 feet of frontage along Hwy. 16 and 854 feet of frontage along Morgan Road on the south side of the property.

Included in the site plan is a soccer/multi-purpose field located on the west side of the property surrounded on three sides by an access road that extends from the west side of the front parking lot on the north to Morgan Road on the south.

Red Apple’s request includes having Senoia provide sewer services at the site. Red Apple would be required to pay for the expansion of sewer lines to the property.

City Administrator Richard Ferry at a previous meeting said a gravity sewer line could be tapped for the project. That action would have the opportunity to serve more customers in the immediate area, Ferry said.

Water to the site could continue to be provided by the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority through an intergovernmental agreement with the city.
A conditional use permit with 28 conditions for use of the property as a school was approved last year by Coweta County.

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