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»

PTC industry pledges to scrub ammonia odor from new plant

A company that is building a new manufacturing plant to produce probiotic feed additives for farm animals will have an air scrubbing system to keep odors from drifting beyond the Peachtree City plant.

Calpis USA will use two different three-stage deodorizers to cleanse the gas before it is discharged. While the manufacturing process creates an ammonia smell, the deodorizers will remove the smell so “no unique odor will be discharged from this facility,” according to an email from a company representative. Read More»

Braelinn Kroger expansion gets PTC planners’ approval

A plan to expand the Braelinn Kroger grocery store by nearly 43,000 sq. ft. was approved by the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night.

The store will also be 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, a company official told the commission. Read More»

Fayette Chamber names Mark Gray as Business Person of the Year

Randy Weaver (R), the incoming 2013 chairman of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, stands beside Chamber CEO Virginia Gibbs at the annual event. From left, outgoing Chamber Chair Peggy Thomas and Mark Gray, named the Chamber’s Outstanding Business Person of the Year. Photo/Gwen Griffin.

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards luncheon with just over 200 in attendance Jan. 18 at the Wyndham Conference Center in Peachtree City.

Mark Gray, State Farm Insurance agent in Peachtree City, was named as the Outstanding Business Person of the Year. This award is chosen by the previous award winners and is given to a person who owns, operates or manages a business or profession in the county. They must have demonstrated unselfish support of the community affairs and must also excel at managing and leading their business. Gray was the Chamber chairman in 2006. Read More»

New PTC agricultural industry will employ 42

A Japanese company is preparing to build its first U.S. production facility in Peachtree City off Ga. Highway 74 south near TDK Boulevard in the city’s industrial park.

Calpis Inc. is expected to employ 42 people on its 11.84 acre campus, according to a project description submitted to the city from InSpec Group of Atlanta. Read More»

PTC’s TDK named top GM supplier

A Peachtree City company has been named one of the top suppliers for General Motors for 2012.

TDK Components USA, Inc. was recently presented the GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award. Winners of the award meet or exceed a stringent set of quality performance criteria along with cross-functional support of the entire GM organization, officials said. Read More»

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