Could a massive new development be coming to Fayette County? Chairman of the County Board of Commissioners Eric Maxwell expressed excitement over a potential project at a Friday morning gathering of local leaders at the Fayette County Public Library.
At the Hot Off the Press event, talk turned to bringing good jobs to Fayette. Maxwell was joined on the panel by Director of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce Carlotta Ungaro, Library Director Christeen Snell, Fayetteville Mayor Ed Johnson, and School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow.
“There’s a project out there right now that will change the middle part of the county if it goes through,” said Maxwell, placing it in the general vicinity of Pinewood Studios. “It will address some of the concerns that Carlotta just talked about as far as good jobs.”
No details can be offered up yet, though he did say it’s nothing that would include smoke stacks. It would require continued cooperation between the City of Fayetteville and the county.
“I can’t talk about the particulars or anything, but it’s a project that I’m very excited about,” he said. “It’s one that will really fit well into this community.”
The panel was careful not to say much.
“I think there’s somebody here that’s got better information than me, and that’s the mayor,” said Maxwell, adding, “I’m sure he’s under a non-disclosure agreement just like I am.”
Mayor Johnson did not take the bait to talk further.
“I’m not going down with you,” he joked.
There’s a good chance the public will never know what the project even is.
“It may not happen,” said Maxwell. “We had a cool thing in Peachtree City a couple weeks ago, and it fell through.”
Because of the nature of negotiations, a negative outcome would not be publicly discussed.
“If they choose another city, the community will never know they even looked here,” said Ungaro.
Placing it in the category of Pinewood Studios for its ability to change the area, Maxwell expressed optimism about its potential if it comes to fruition.
“I think this development will change the face of Fayette County as well.”