Coweta gives green light to massive industrial site

Coweta gives green light to massive industrial site

The Coweta County Commission on July 6 approved the development agreement for a portion of the massive Bridgeport industrial development situated along U.S. Highway 29 adjacent to Interstate 85 on Newnan’s south side.

While Bridgeport encompasses approximately 1,000 acres, the development agreement is specific to the 684-acre area identified as Tract A, located on the west side of Hwy. 29.

Bridgeport is intended to be developed as a mix of industrial warehouse, distribution and manufacturing facilities and/or commercial or office uses, subject to market demand, the development agreement said.

Situated on 11 lots, Tract A plans show a total of 8.31 million sq. ft. of industrial space. Of that, the smallest lot shows a potential building of 153,000 sq. ft., while three other lots show facilities ranging over 1 million sq. ft. each.

The 684-acre tract includes 575.5 acres of buildable space.

Two amendments approved by commissioners in June dealt with removing the conditions utilizing the Quality Development Corridor District requirements and replacing those with Design Guidelines requirements. Zoning Administrator Angela White said the change came because Design Guidelines are more applicable to industrial buildings.

The amendment change is expected to jump-start the construction of two of the numerous industrial buildings that will populate the large area. White said those buildings are planned for 1.3 million sq. ft. and 800,000 sq. ft.

There is no current confirmation on what business or businesses will be located at the site, White said.

Bridgeport was previously approved through the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) process.

“Given its close proximity to I-85, Newnan Coweta Airport and the CSX rail line, there has been a great deal of interest in the Bridgeport property by economic development prospects for many years,” Coweta County Development Authority President Greg Wright said at the time of the initial approval by Coweta commissioners. “However, the lack of proper zoning has been one of the impediments for these projects.”