Empty Rivers school may house Pinewood Studios offices

The Pinewood movie studio complex coming to rural central Fayette County may take more advantage of its backers’ pending purchase of nearby Rivers Elementary School than initially planned.

The school at first was pitched as a home to a school that would specialize in training new employees for the film production industry, as many more will be needed in Georgia to upscale the job force necessary for Pinewood, which will be Read More»

Newnan lands rehab hospital

Newnan and Coweta County will soon be home to yet another healthcare provider. HealthSouth Corp. announced last week that it will construct a 50-bed comprehensive physical rehabilitation hospital on Newnan Crossing Boulevard East near Interstate 85. The $22 million investment will generate more than 125 full-time jobs and is expected to open in late 2014. Read More»

PTC to vote on annexing 7 acres on Hwy. 54 East

Developer wants sewer access; approval recommended with buffer, enhancements

A proposal to annex four parcels on 7.36 acres along Ga. Highway 54 East into Peachtree City will be considered by the City Council Thursday night.

The owner of the Peachtree Professional Center has asked for the annexation to allow hookup to the city’s sewer system. The hookup is not necessary but would be nice to have and it would allow for more of the site to be used for parking, according to Chuck Ogletree, a representative of owner Foot Pain, LLC. Read More»

F’ville eyes 300 upscale apartments on Grady Ave.

Sign at construction site of Pinewood Studios on Sandy Creek Road. Photo/Ben Nelms.

An upscale residential development is being proposed for 38 acres on Grady Avenue in Fayetteville that is expected to line up with the arrival of the Pinewood Atlanta development on the city’s north side.

Proposed residential units include 33 one- and two-story cottages, 67 townhouse units contained in three-story buildings and 300 apartments, also located in three-story buildings, according to plans submitted to the city. Along with the residences, the 38-acre development includes 7.6 acres of open space. Read More»

Local job picture improves

Unemployment rate falls in Fayette, Coweta

What a difference a year makes, at least in terms of the unemployment rates in Fayette and Coweta counties that continue to decline. Fayette’s rate in April was counted at 6.6 percent while the rate in Coweta totaled 7 percent. Read More»

New PTC plant to employ 42 to make livestock feed additive

Breaking ground at the site of Calpis America’s new U.S. headquarters and manufacturing operation in Peachtree City are (L-R) Stephen Hogan, Peachtree City WASA; Nancy Price, Peachtree City Convention and Visitors Bureau; Vanessa Fleisch, Peachtree City Council; Masato Yoshida, CEO/President Calpis America; Don Haddix, mayor; Kim Learnard, Peachtree City Council; Jim Pennington,  city manager; David Rast, P&Z. Photo/Special.

Calpis America, Inc., broke ground on its new $20 million manufacturing and headquarters facility in the Peachtree City industrial park Friday.

The Japanese firm will employ about 50 people at the plant, which will produce a livestock feed additive designed to promote digestive health. Some 42 of the jobs will be created in the first year of operations on the 12-acre site.

The plant is expected to be operational by April 2014.

Georgia Quick Start, which provides customized workforce training, will help the company with its training needs. Read More»

Rivers Elementary School sold to Pinewood Studios group

It has been a long time coming, but the Rivers Elementary School property on Sandy Creek Road across from the future Pinewood Atlanta Studios property has been sold to River’s Rock II, LLC for $5.17 million — about half the cost of the original land and building. Read More»

F’ville Belk store joins in chain’s 125th anniversary party

The Belk store in Fayetteville joins 300 stores in 16 states Wednesday, May 29, to celebrate the department store company’s 125th anniversary.

Day-long festivities begin with a ceremony Wednesday morning including local business leaders and officials, according to store manager Kim Jones, who said the first 100 customers will win gift cards. A fashion show featuring the private label brand “Cynthia” is slated for 11 a.m. Read More»

‘Local-only’ farmers market expands in PTC, Newnan locations

The Our Community Farmers Market is back for its second year and has expanded to two locations. The organic and naturally-grown “producer only” market is located Saturday mornings at MacDuff Plaza in Peachtree City and on Wednesday mornings at the old train depot on East Broad Street in Newnan. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A new type of farmers market opened last year in east Coweta County. This year, Our Community Farmers Market has expanded to locations in Peachtree City and Newnan.

Our Community Farmers Market (OCFM) is a market with a difference because its vendors are all local, offering organic or naturally-grown products and carry a “producer-only” qualification, explained OCFM co-owner-operator Marianne Pizzitola. Read More»

Coweta OKs hotel plan

Another sign of the economic recovery came last week when the Coweta County Commission approved variances for a 62-room Microtel hotel with four floors at Amlajack Boulevard and Barith Road near Interstate 85.

The variances approved by unanimous vote included building setbacks, additional building height and stories. The odd shape and small size of the lot hinder the layout of the development, Coweta County Zoning Administrator Angela White said of the 1.485-acre lot on the southeast corner of Amlajack Boulevard and Barith Road and located adjacent to the RaceTrac Fueling Center. Read More»

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