Tyrone seeks ‘second act’ for empty Tyrone Elementary campus

Generic photo of abandoned school (NOT Tyrone Elementary). Photo/Shutterstock.

Tyrone Elementary School is sitting vacant after being closed last year. But an effort that involves the town, the Fayette County School System, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and other stakeholders is unfolding in a way that could lead to a new use for the facility located on Senoia Road in the center of the town.

The effort to repurpose the school for a new use is just getting underway, according to Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial, with a small group of stakeholders from the community coming together to determine possible uses for the former school. Among others, the group includes Tyrone, the Fayette County School System, the Fayette County Development Authority, ARC and the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.

Dial said that while there is no grant money for the effort, ARC is primarily providing personnel resources and research. Dial noted that ARC, being a regional entity, has more contacts and will help develop a concept for potential uses.

“ARC came in because we wanted ideas on potential uses for the school and for the enhancement of the downtown corridor area,” Dial said. “The challenge will be to find investors.”

Citing potential uses for the property, Dial said those might include a private school or church or use as a set-piece facility for the movie or television industry.

“We’re trying to be as proactive as we can,” Dial said of the effort to repurpose the school facility.

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Since when

has this county relied on ARC for deciding the future of a closed school. Is there really such a vacuum within this county of individuals with the ability to decide locally what the cities should look like without having ARC involved? Or, is there some bigger plan being formulated that has not come public.

Anyone know when this school was built? Does it have asbestos issues?

Just an FYI, ARC has a meeting scheduled for March 7th for their Transportation Coordinating Committee. That agenda has as item #2 PLAN 2040. PLAN 2040 STILL has included on it's 10 county map a commuter rail line coming down thru Tyrone, PTC and ending in Senoia. It also has bus lines going across the county and beyond via Hwy 54.

On the agenda there is a comment that meeting materials will be posted at www.atlantaregional.com/tcc the day before the meeting, which is day after tomorrow.

Yes, I know our local elected get to make certain yes or no decisions on what comes into the county for public transportation. However, we have an election coming for BOC that will put into office at least one who will have a very big voice over whether we see this transit PLAN 2040 continue to go thru the steps to be implemented. I strongly suggest the candidates publicly make clear to the voters of PTC their thoughts on this issue.

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Since when

Since when is it a crime to seek help?

Do you think there is something a little fishy that the county doesn't want public? I don't doubt it.

Whether we want it or not, mass transit is being planned. How else do we support all these jobs and urban housing now that Pinewood is open, lol.

Dr. B stated last night there is talk about the school, but that's it. It usually takes time for something to develop.

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I say move the MacDuff extension

forward, front and center NOW, and drop the busses and train from PLAN 2040.

http://documents.atlantaregional.com/tia/pdf/TIA-FA-005.pdf

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Don't you like waiting 5 light cycles to turn?

I thought whoever restarted the development was required to pay for this road? But at $3.2M per mile its a little steep for a developer to swallow.

Perhaps someone can stand on the corner collecting donations for funding.

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I cannot fathom

any developer coming off from this crappy economy for the last 5 years having $6.4 million to slap down for a road they really don't think they need. Much less can afford. That is the new reality for 54 West getting relief from a developer paid road connector road.

Seems we already have a group collecting donations for funding in Fayette... Visioning. For what, well, let's not get that answer BEFORE we hand out 10K of our city tax dollars and $50K of our electric and gas bill money and...

Here's another suggestion I have for traffic relief on 54 West and everywhere else, for that matter.

Since the majority, if not all, the income coming to us from government and paychecks arrives on the 1st and 15th of the month, who is really responsible for a good portion of these traffic tie ups? Payday syndrome is. Gotta get out and spend and restock and go out to eat and buy, buy, buy, right? All at once, traffic gridlock commences.

Well, just get the gubment to stagger these military, retiree, social security, disability, etc. direct deposits over the course of the month, not just at the beginning and middle of the month. Divy up the number of recipients in a geographic area and pay a quarter of them one week, another quarter the 2nd week of the month, etc.

Private businesses can do the same, just divy it up by the number of employees. One quarter of workers get paid on the first week of the month, one quarter get paid on the second week, etc.

By doing this, you take the burden off the retailers and restaurants to staff and stock heavily for just 2-4 days of the month, the workload can be evened out and the buying public can have less hassle of crowds and traffic to get their errands done with their now full bank accounts over a steady stream of a month, instead of the few days that there is a rush to buy.

Hey, maybe you could make it through one light on 54 west on the first of the month in 2 light cycles instead of 4 or 5 cycles. Well, we can only imagine, right?

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H & F Mac Duff Extension

Just say not yet. We had Councilman King at Centennial recently. He pointed out that Minnix Rd is 8/10ths of a mile from Kedron North. If we were to include that link up as part of the Mac Duff solution it would make more sense so not as many Coweta cars won't need to come on Mac Duff or 54/74. But as currently situated, Mac Duff would look just like the Longhorn/ Smokey Bones "bypass". No thanks. I warned my neighbors that we would eventually have to four lane Mac Duff and was told we wouldn't allow it. When we can't get out of Centennial due to volume we will demand it. We need to think past the end of our nose.

If the builder can afford it, we cannot stop it, but as long as they cannot we should not want it. 54 W used to back up like it does now when it was one lane, when the second lane opened up, it flowed, now back to the old way. Fayette cannot build it so Coweta can come. At some point there needs to be a plan ( more than a vision ) where Coweta growth does not roll through the funnel that is PTC. Someone told me, and I have not checked, that Coweta has as much land mass as Gwinnett and so far has proven to have the same concern for reckless growth.

Take Care,

Neil

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Neil

Glad to hear Mr. King was out to take a look around.

I don't have much skin in the game on this one, since I only go that way when I shop at Home Depot or Sams Club. But I hate the mess just like everyone else. It's a nuance and it has to hurt business.

In my humble opinion Centennial should have been required to have a second method of egress. There are just too many homes stuck back there. Like MLC said, I would hate to have a problem and need medical, police, or fire rescue at 5:30 on a Friday, the first weekend of the month.

I'm not sure light synchronizing will help much, but I hope it is some relief until something gets done on a permanent basis.

Best of luck to you, and keep your cool when someone clogs the intersection.

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I suggested 2 years ago

that very same connection from 74 to Minix Rd. on these blogs. That land is a Coweta private property owner and I think we will see pigs flying over the county border before we see that connection ever happen. Looks like GDOT is going to have to come up with a solution we are not going to like to get this mess cleared up. Plus, that still will not address the thru traffic coming from Fayetteville and east of there over to Coweta. Will help some traffic, but not the ones who don't stop in PTC for any reason, just going through.

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Tyrone Elementary

Shall we sell this building to a church or a private school for pennies on the dollar if it might possibly revitalize downtown Tyrone?

Would it be worth it to get the building occupied at a reduced price if the occupant caused business to boom around it? Would a fire sale price be made up by the increased revenue of a revitalized downtown Tyrone?

I am pretty good at calculus, but this economic calculus has too many unknowns for there to be a clear solution.

I wish someone would make a concrete offer rather than just "express interest." That would get the ball rolling and then we start unraveling some of the unknowns and perhaps do a great thing in Tyrone.

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Not Tyrone elementary

If you click on the photo, it is a stock photo.

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Didn't see that

Thanks for clarifying

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Tyrone elementary

I hope that's an old photo taken after an event. If that's a current photo, the BOE needs to get some people over there to clean the school. It may be mothballed, but we need to show people that we care about our facilities and not let it look like a foreclosure.

I think it's great that we are looking at repurposing the facility. There was a closed hospital up in Gwinnett, that a film crew used at one time, so the school could be sold for film use, yes. However, we need to look for benefits to the community first. Boys and Girl Scouts?

I'm a proponent to utilize all schools as much as possible for the community. I once lived in a small town that had a lot of adult activities at night utilizing the gyms, wood shops, language classes, auto shop, ect..

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Poor job by the paper

To run this "stock photo" in my humble opinion.

I do not often complain about articles in my free paper, but this was just lazy.