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Senoia willing to annex Coweta Charter Academy

The Senoia City Council last week voted unanimously to accept an application for the annexation of Peachtree Baptist Church on Ga. Highway 16 just west of the city, the site of the new Coweta Charter Academy. The resolution adopted by the council is being forwarded for review to the Coweta County Commission.

Florida-based Charter Schools USA operates the new school, having signed a lease/purchase agreement for the Peachtree Baptist Church property in 2010. The existing building provides classroom space for the current K-3 grades. The 11.2-acre site will provide adequate room for the expansion needed to accommodate grades 3-8, according to Charter Schools USA.

A site plan submitted by Florida-based Red Apple Development, LLC for the expansion shows a proposed two-story, 34,066 square-foot addition at the rear of the current building and a 1,560 square-foot addition on the west side of the current building situated along Hwy. 16. The parcel has 1,020 feet of frontage along Hwy. 16 and 854 feet of frontage along Morgan Road on the south side of the property.

Included in the site plan is a soccer/multi-purpose field located on the west side of the property surrounded on three sides by an access road that extends from the west side of the front parking lot on the north to Morgan Road on the south.

Red Apple’s request includes having Senoia provide sewer services at the site. Red Apple would be required to pay for the expansion of sewer lines to the property.

City administrator Richard Ferry said a gravity sewer line could be tapped for the project. That action would have the opportunity to serve more customers in the immediate area, Ferry said.

Water to the site could continue to be provided by the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority through an intergovernmental agreement with the city.
A conditional use permit with 28 conditions for use of the property as a school was approved last year by Coweta County.

“The site use change was approved by Coweta County and DOE (Ga. Dept. of Education),” Red Apple representatives said. “The engineering work is complete. Now we’d like to see if it can get annexed.”

Ferry prior to the unanimous vote to accept the annexation application recommended approval of the proposal.

The council’s resolution to accept the annexation has been forwarded to Coweta County.

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