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Old Newnan Hospital Renovated for UWGA

The University of West Georgia is recycling an unused hospital into a new spot for its students.
The University of West Georgia is recycling an unused hospital into a new spot for its students.
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The University of West Georgia is using something from the past to fuel its future.

The Carrolton-based school is  planning to use the renovated Newnan Hospital as its campus in that city.

The facility in downtown Newnan hasn’t been used after Piedmont Healthcare built a new hospital in Coweta County.

Officials are glad the building is being recycled.

“It anchors the north end of our downtown, so its two-fold impact on our community.  Not only providing education, but also providing an adaptive re-use of an important, iconic landmark,” says Newnan Mayor Keith Brady.

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The university already had a small satellite campus in Newnan, but moving the campus to the empty hospital building gives the school a chance to expand.

“The University’s new president, Dr. Kyle Merrero, has charged staff and administrators to bring 3,000 non-duplicated students to the Newnan campus before the end of the decade,” says Newnan Development Director Hasco Craver.

Craver says the plan is to open the new branch in January 2015.