Senoia’s Walking Dead wall may live awhile

Construction of the “The Walking Dead” wall around portions of the Gin Property in Senoia is underway. The area inside the wall will function as a contained set for filming episodes of AMC television’s hit show beginning in September. Photo/John Thompson.

The Senoia City Council will conduct a public hearing on Aug. 18 to consider amending the agreement with Stalwart Films that would leave a 15-foot wall in place around portions of the Gin Property until 2019. The wall is being constructed to serve as a contained set for the filming of AMC television’s “The Walking Dead.”

The council on July 7 approved the construction of the 15-foot temporary wall which will enclose a number of Gin Property residences and close several streets within the property to through traffic.

Stalwart Films representative Mike Riley said the request to construct the wall dealt with creating a contained set for filming portions of the The Walking Dead episodes for the 2014-2015 season.

The wall will be constructed and in place from mid-September until the end of November 2015. To have the wall in place for that amount of time presumes that The Walking Dead will be renewed for another season, though no official word to that effect has been forthcoming.

Riley was back at the July 21 meeting, asking that the council consider an option for Stalwart that would extend the agreement until 2019.

City Manager Richard Ferry on Tuesday said Riley informed him that the owners whose residences are situated inside the wall had already agreed to the 2019 proposal.

Plans call for the closure of Morgan Street near Main Street on the east and just past the homes on Lower Creek Trail to the west. McKnight Drive will be closed as will Amey Street at its intersection with Morgan Street.

Access to the contained set area will be by way of manual security gates located on both sides of Morgan Street, Morgan at Amey Street, on McKnight Drive at Lower Creek Trail and at McKnight at Baggarly Way.

Riley said the gates will be staffed by security personnel on a 24-hour basis, adding that deliveries to the area will be coordinated.

Riley on July 7 said plans call for the metal wall to be anchored in such a way that it will withstand winds of 115 miles per hour.

Now in its fifth season of filming in and around Senoia and at Raleigh-Riverwood Studios, and beyond its worldwide popularity, The Walking Dead continues to have an obvious economic impact on this city of less than 4,000 residents.

The public hearing will be held Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers on Howard Road.

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Senoia Walkers are OUT and ABOUT

Filming going on today behind the wall, saw smoke coming over it, too. Then, out at one of the trailers, there were real live zombie walkers getting made up right outside the wall. Got some video of them till the officer on duty came over and said to move along....he's real grumpy today. He might need some candy to sweeten him up. heh,...heh The Atlanta Tour bus is out there, too. I bet they have a heck of a trick or treat tonight on that set.

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Date change below for filming

TWD will be on Tues. the 19th of Aug. instead of Monday the 18th. There is a really creepy haunted looking home on Reese Rd. I mean really, really creepy. I hope it looks this way as a result of the studio making it look this way. Go take a look. Just do it during daylight.... It's on your right coming north on Reese Rd. from SR 16.

Oh, and Barbie and buds are in full summer beach mode.

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TWD to film

on Reese Rd. in Turin on the 18th. Reese Rd. will be closed from McIntosh Trail in Sharpsburg down to Rhoda Dr. in Turin, walkers will be out and about from morning till night.

Barbie Beach is right down the road from there, she had better get prepared for what is coming nearby....no need for zombie Barbies..oops, unintended oxymoron....sorry, Barbie babes.

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Barbie Beach

What's that?

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BB directions

Go west on SR 54 out of PTC toward Sharpsburg

Turn left at lights at NCG movies, and stay on SR 54 till intersection with SR 16 (about a mile beyond downtown Sharpsburg).

Go left onto SR 16 and Barbie Beach is about a quarter mile on your right. Try to go in off peak traffic time, as there is now lots of commuter traffic on SR 16 and there is no place to pull over to see the beach.

Sometimes the gang is all dressed up for the holiday du jour. Other times, they just hang out nekked out there. There is a driveway a little past the beach you can turn into and park, but most just do a slow driveby.

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H&F-Barbie Beach

A few years ago Georgia Power cut down some bushes at a local families home. In protest the family set up a "beach" scene using Barbie dolls. They will pose them in different poses depending on the time of year etc. Barbie Beach has a facebook page if you'd like to do more research.

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LOL...Barbie Beach

I have seen this and wondered what the inspiration behind it was. Well done!

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I did not know that about GP and the protest. Now that is funny. Thanks.

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thank you

never noticed that before. Glad to see some folks with a good sense of humor. I will have to take the family to see it one weekend.

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It is awesome

On 16 headed west out of Senoia

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More about that neck of the woods

If you turn right on SR 16 instead of left toward Barbie Beach, that is where I had seen the belly up roadkill armadillo with the two mylar get well balloons attached to his legs. I think I said they were birthday balloons at the time, but a few days later there was a photo in the Newnan paper that someone else had taken of the poor fella and they were get well balloons.

Also, that intersection (54 & 16) is where I had posted a while ago about the Friday evening contest between the Yaarab Shriner collecting donations on once corner and the others who were there with big signs on the other corner and a bullhorn yelling about sinners and repent and all that good stuff.

They live large out there, for such a small town. Never a dull moment.

Daryl Dixon from TWD (Norman Reedus) is the only actor who lives out this way when they film. The rest of the cast live in Atlanta. He has said he lives not too far from the studio, in the woods, has this "eco-friendly thing going on", and rides his motorcycle (he has a Triumph Scrambler) to and from the studio. So, keep your eyes open, you just might drive right by him and not know it.

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Talk about whoring out your town..

They are all in on this one.

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Senoia being a ho

The shopkeepers affected by Walking Dead filming get compensated quite well for all the inconvenience, which is probably why you don't see or hear about them complaining about when WD is filming. In most cases, they are making more money than they would without the filming entirely or WD ever being there to start with.

OK....that might prove your point to some extent.....they're ho's :) Still, I think the whole Hollywood deal with the town has been a big benefit for them. I sure haven't heard otherwise and Senoia is pretty good these days. I wouldn't have said that 10 or 15 years ago. I was always skeptical about going into a grocery store called "Crooks." :)

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Say what?

What possible reason would you use such a term about the folks in Senoia? I've been there enough times and talked to enough people to know your post is just ridiculous. To paraphrase, 'Better to not post and be thought a dupe than to post and prove it.' Maybe they just want to keep zombie-brains like you away!

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IF we all agreed on everything

this place would be boring....I too like Senoia, but this seems just a bit overboard. And while we are at it, I didn't call anyone in Senoia a whore per say...not that there's anything wrong with it.

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Just to add to the upscale ambiance

this custom made work of art will provide for years to come, tonight at about dusk the water main break that provided a visually stunning moving trail of clay mud and muck down Morgan St. to Lower Creek Trail was the topic of discussion and surely rave reviews by the fine art critics who decided to convene on the front porch of the new (and former Southern Living) home across the corner.

The raised glasses containing slightly alcoholic beverages in a group toast by those gathered above as this foreigner moseyed on by and the greeting of "Enjoy Senoia" harmoniously shouted out in unison reinforced my fleeting thought that life at 15mph might be more up my proverbial alley. I love to visit and am glad they are next door, though. Judging from the Fayette tags parked on Main St., many others feel the same way.

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