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Future vision: Traverse Fayetteville in your own pod

What the pod transit system might look like, from the JPods Corp. website.

‘This is not mass transit. This is personal transit.’

Picture personal transportation pods running along a small monorail system that would link various portions of Fayetteville.

No, it’s not a scene from the futuristic TV animated comedy series, “The Jetsons.” Instead, it’s from Atlanta-based JPods Corp. president Bill James in a presentation to the Fayetteville City Council on Feb. 7. Read More»

How Fayette will profit big from an 8-year-old tax law

Former state Senator Mitch Seabaugh of Sharpsburg. File photo.

State tax credit helps blockbuster studio deal

News broke last week that world-famous Pinewood Studios of London is brokering a deal to develop what would become the largest movie studio in Georgia right in the middle of rural Fayette County ... and a short distance from Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

The groundwork for such a blockbuster is rooted in large part in state tax credits championed by former state Senator Mitch Seabaugh of neighboring Sharpsburg back in 2004. Read More»

Planners to hear 1 industrial, 2 commercial expansion proposals Monday night

Plans for a doubling in size for a local manufacturing plant, an 81-room hotel and a new workout gym are all on the discussion agenda for Monday night at the Peachtree City Planning Commission. Read More»

Braelinn Kroger gets OK to expand

A plan to expand the Braelinn Kroger grocery store by nearly 43,000 sq. ft. was approved unanimously by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.

The store will be fully renovated on the inside to make room for a Starbucks bistro, a sushi bar, a salad bar and other expanded services for customers along with wider aisles.

The expansion will bring the Kroger’s size to about 110,000 sq. ft. Packaged with the renovation, the project represents a significant expenditure for the company, city officials said. Read More»

State used Japan ties to lure new PTC plant

Calpis Inc. to start in April 2014, employ 42 to make animal feed additive

A Japanese company that chose to build its animal feed additive manufacturing plant in Peachtree City selected the area in part because of contacts made through Georgia’s Japanese economic development office.

Calpis Inc. will produce a livestock microbial product that uses a naturally-occurring microorganism to improve digestive health of various farm animals including laying and breeding hens, pigs, horses, dogs and more. The company is also settling its U.S. headquarters here as well. Read More»

Art college may land in middle of Fayette

Savannah College of Art and Design may take Rivers Elementary; deal is tied to nearby massive ‘business project’

The Savannah College of Art and Design is looking into opening a specialized campus in rural Fayette County at the current site of Rivers Elementary School off Sandy Creek Road.

The school building and 30 acres of associated land currently are owned by the Fayette County Board of Education.

While SCAD might seem like an unusual fit for Fayette County, the effort is tied directly to a nearby business venture on the horizon, according to Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown. While the school would have a very specific focus, Brown declined to reveal specifics, citing the pending private business deal. Read More»

British film-TV production studios coming to Fayette

UPDATED — Pinewood Studios, responsible for the James Bond films — including the latest blockbuster, “Skyfall” — the Harry Potter series, the Hobbit and the musical “Les Misérables,” is in talks with local and Atlanta investors to locate a major film and television production facility on 288.5 acres in the center of Fayette County, The Citizen has learned.

Paperwork for rezoning the properties — code-named “Stargate” — was filed with the Fayette County Planning and Zoning Department Tuesday afternoon. Read More»

The movie-TV production studio plans for Pinewood-Atlanta take shape

The movie-TV production studio plans for Pinewood-Atlanta take shape

This is the “zoning concept plan” for what is called “Project Stargate” in papers filed Feb. 5 with the Fayette County Department of Planning and Zoning in Fayetteville.

The drawing depicts the development plans for the 288.5-acre tract at the southwestern corner of the intersection of the Veterans Parkway and Sandy Creek Road. Read More»

Coweta, Fayette jobless numbers back on the rise

What had been significant improvements in the unemployment rate in recent months for Coweta and Fayette counties took a turn in the wrong direction in December with unemployment rates increasing half a percentage point. Read More»

Piedmont Healthcare holds town hall meeting

Have you have ever wondered what the overall health needs of the Coweta County community might be? A healthcare-oriented town hall meeting conducted by Piedmont Healthcare on Feb. 19 will provide answers to some of those questions. Read More»