Fayette’s unemployment rate fell a half point in July

Fayette County’s unemployment rate looked better for July after a jump in the wrong direction in June. The July jobless rate fell by half a point to 7.7 percent.

July unemployment figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor showed Fayette with a 7.7 percent jobless rate. That compares to the 8.2 percent rate in June and a rate of 8.4 percent a year ago. The July figure translates into 4,181 people in Fayette without work in a workforce of 54,256. Read More»

Coweta denies senior complex, apartments

Project representative Dennis Drewyer makes the case for the apartment zoning. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Proposals to construct 265 high-end apartments and a senior village community on Hollz Parkway at Ga. Highway 34 were denied on 4-1 votes Tuesday night by the Coweta County Commission.

Presented as separate agenda items, Hollz Village Apartments on 24 acres was proposed for the west side of Hollz Parkway while the senior village on 30 acres was proposed for the east side of the parkway. Read More»

Chick-fil-A to add store on 54W, but will close original PTC location

The new Chick-fil-A restaurant coming to Ga. Highway 54 West and Line Creek Drive will reveal a new direction taken by the company, featuring a brick and glass exterior along with various internal touches as a nod to the chicken chain’s beginnings.

The new concept, which includes an outdoor dining area, was approved unanimously by the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night. Read More»

Despite economy, Senoia reinvents downtown area

All the cars filling parking spaces in downtown Senoia on virtually every day of the week is indicative of the the economic development boom that began in defiance of the Great Recession and continues today. The downtown area has experienced a 700 percent increase in businesses since 2007 and has a waiting list of others wanted to locate there. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Call it an economic miracle. Call it impossible. Or maybe call it effective planning and implementation with a vision for the future.

However it is described, the downtown Main Street area of Senoia since the Great Recession began in late 2007 has seen a 700 percent increase in business growth.

Senoia Enterprises, Inc. developer Scott Tigchelaar said the downtown area had seven businesses open in 2007. By early 2013 that number had swelled to 50 businesses, and came little remaining space available and with a waiting list of others wanting to locate on Main Street. Read More»

New PTC Chick-fil-A to have new look on 54W

Chick-fil-A’s building plan for a new restaurant on Ga. Highway 54 West in Peachtree City will be tweaked a bit to accommodate a new store prototype, according to City Planner David Rast.

There are no details available yet on the new look for the restaurant, which will be located at The Overlook shopping center on Hwy. 54 at Line Creek Drive. The site location is directly off the highway, next door to a site that will soon become a RaceTrac convenience store.

The necessary modifications to the site plan will require a blessing from the city planning commission, Rast said. Read More»

Piedmont Newnan CEO Bass retiring this month

G. Michael Bass, president and CEO of Piedmont Newnan Hospital, has announced his retirement, effective August 31.

Bass has served as the hospital’s chief executive since November 2005 and has led the Coweta community’s sole acute care hospital to become a healthcare leader in the south metro Atlanta area.

The hospital’s daily operations will remain under the direction of Nathan Nipper, chief operating officer since 2007. Read More»

F’ville preps for 19% growth spurt

The future is right around the corner. Foundations for the initial soundstages and workshops were laid recently at Pinewood Atlanta Studios and the first single-piece wall panels were put in place Monday afternoon. The studio property, along with a total of nearly 1,200 acres is expected to be annexed into Fayetteville on Aug. 1 with an effective date of Sept. 1. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Final vote on annexing 1,186 acres scheduled for Thursday’s council meeting

It has been a while in the making, but a final vote on the annexation and rezoning of nearly 1,200 acres on Fayetteville’s west side is expected at the Thursday meeting of the Fayetteville City Council.

The properties requesting annexation extend along Ga. Highway 54 from east of Sandy Creek Road and to the west to Tyrone Road, and along both sides of Veterans Parkway from Hwy. 54 to Sandy Creek Road.

The entire annexation area includes 1,186 acres, of which approximately 576 acres are requesting PCD (Planned Community District) zoning.
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PTC's Westpark Walk to get a facelift

The Westpark Walk retail center at the intersection of Ga. highways 54 and 74 in Peachtree City will soon receive a bit of a facelift that will feature a new stairway tower facing the intersection.

The sign plan approved unanimously July 22 by the city’s Planning Commission will add a stair tower element constructed of brick and aluminum louvers which will face the intersection that will contain a new sign and be a central architectural feature for the two-story building at Westpark Walk. The tower surrounding the stairway will be 29 feet in height. Read More»

F’ville triples home permits over last year

These are a few of the houses at Grove Park subdivision off Ga. Highway 314 in Fayetteville that just over a year ago were vacant lots. The nearly built-out subdivision is indicative of the large increase in single-family residential permits issued in the city in the past six months. Photo/Ben Nelms.

ayetteville is beginning to see a reversal of fortunes and it is not just with the arrival of Pinewood Atlanta Studios. The city through the first six months of 2013 issued nearly 100 permits for single-family home construction. That compares to a total of 38 permits issued in all of 2012 and only 4 permits issued in 2011. Read More»

$32 million,77-acre Fischer Crossing project clears hurdle

Big commercial development planned 1 mile west of PTC

The issues with the future of Wynn’s Pond Road as it relates to the large Fischer Crossing commercial development on the northeast corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Fischer Road were essentially settled at the July 9 meeting of the Coweta County Commission. Read More»

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