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Fayette home sales improve in 2013

Fayette home sales improve in 2013

The long-lasting effects of the recession and the toll it took on home sales and home prices in Fayette County seem to have abated. Average home sale prices in 2012 inched up after several years of decline. Home sales in 2013 continued the upward trend, resulting in an increase in the number of homes sold and in an increase in the average sale price to more than $254,000.

The number of homes sold in 2013 and the average sale price throughout Fayette may have signaled a return, but those numbers are still far from what was experienced in Fayette prior to the recession. Read More»

Coweta rezoning makes away for new restaurant, stores

A rezoning that will bring a national chain restaurant and other retail businesses to the commercial center on Andrew Bailey Road off Ga. Highway 34 was approved unanimously Thursday by the Coweta County Commission.

The rezoning of the 2.38-acre site located at 15 Thomas Grace Annex Lane off Andrew Bailey Road east of Thomas Crossroads had been zoned C-4 (Commercial Service District). The approval changes the zoning to C-3 (Commercial Retail District). Read More»

Chairman Burnett takes up Chamber gavel

Chairman Burnett takes up Chamber gavel

Piedmont Fayette Hospital COO and incoming Fayette Chamber of Commerce Chairman Michael Burnett speaks at the chamber’s Jan. 17 annual meeting. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Pinewood Atlanta Studios officially arrives in Fayette

Rivers Rock LLC General Manager Jim Pace (L) and Pinewood Studios CEO Ivan Dunleavy await their introduction from the podium Friday at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Studio CEO Ivan Dunleavy addresses Fayette C of C Annual Luncheon; Pace details genesis of landing a studio

By BEN NELMS — The banquet room at the Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree Hotel in Peachtree City was packed Jan. 17 for the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce 2014 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Chick-fil-A CEO and prime mover of the Pinewood Atlanta Studio project Dan Cathy was the scheduled keynote speaker, but Cathy was taken ill after a trip out of the country.
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Report: 'Ant-Man' to be first Pinewood film

Marvel comic book hero Ant-Man.

Signs are pointing to a tiny, little-known comic book superhero being the first big-screen blockbuster to film at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville.

Though nothing has been confirmed officially, the movie buzz has lit up with a report from production industry clearinghouse KFTV.com that “Ant-Man” will be the first big movie filmed here. Read More»

Marvel Comics Ant-Man to be 1st Pinewood Atlanta film, UK trade pub says

Marvel Comics Ant-Man to be 1st Pinewood Atlanta film, UK trade pub says

A London-based film and TV production guide publisher, KFTV.com, is reporting Jan. 15 that Marvel Comics’ Ant-Man will be the much anticipated blockbuster movie to start filming in May at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville.

“It is likely that the other locations for Ant-Man will be predominantly Atlanta-based; these were being locked down at the time of going to press,” according to the KFTV.com story, “Ant-Man: First film to shoot at Pinewood Atlanta.”

Set to star in the film are Read More»

Coventry medical insurance customers roiled in Piedmont contract tussle

Coventry medical insurance customers roiled in Piedmont contract tussle

Coventry healthcare insurance policyholders in Fayette and Coweta counties got a troubling letter in the last few days — notice that the main hospital and physicians group in this area would no longer be “in-network” for them.

If Piedmont Healthcare and Piedmont Physicians Group would no longer be available to thousands of Coventry policyholders as in-network providers, costs could skyrocket for the patients.

The uncertainty results from last-minute contract negotiations, something the Georgia Department of Insurance has no jurisdiction over, according to spokesman Glenn Allen. Read More»

F’ville’s commercial properties rebound

In terms of commercial vacancies, Fayetteville will end the year in the best shape it has been in for the past five years. Read More»

Coweta eliminates impact fees to help businesses

The Coweta County Commission on Tuesday made a calculated move to stimulate business growth in the county. Commissioners by unanimous vote eliminated the impact fees previously required with new development.

Impact fees were introduced in Coweta in April 2006. Those fees were intended to help offset the cost of providing public services and capital improvements in the area of the development.
The vote to eliminate those fees completely came without discussion by the board. Read More»

PTC approves $10K to fund its share of new countywide visioning plan

An effort to develop a community-driven strategic plan for Fayette County’s future got a shot of support from the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.

Council approved a resolution in support of the Fayette Visioning Initiative and also put money where its mouth was. The $10,000 contribution will help reach the $150,000 fundraising goal established to help fund the effort, which is being overseen by a consultant. So far the biggest contribution has come from Fayette Coweta EMC, which chipped in $60,000 toward the goal, officials said. Read More»