The Newnan Times-Herald


Averting a tragedy

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 22, 2019 - 8:25 PM

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I am stunned and appalled that an out of town apartment developer would actually propose to build 48 apartment units in a three-story building on the one-acre lot on East Broad Street at the entrance to Historic Cole Town.

This is an historic district of single family homes on relatively large lots with many homes of significant historical and architectural value.

The proposed development is, of course, part of a much larger proposed project in downtown Newnan that includes hundreds of apartment unit and a structured deck parking, also evoking confusion and anger, as well.

All one has to do is walk down East Broad Street to the entrance of Historic Cole Town and see that a large, monolithic apartment building is completely out of context for a single family community in a historic district. As a former developer of a dozen urban infill residential projects in historic districts, particularly in Tampa, I had to be constantly vigilant as to historic and architectural context.

What the site really needs is a park connected to the LINC trailhead and/or thoughtfully designed cluster homes in a limited number.

Let’s avert a tragedy and do something much better for Newnan.

John Latimer Young