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Oz Pizza awarded state loan, will open in January

Fayetteville city leaders say Oz Pizza, which is destined to be the newest attraction along the Old Courthouse Square, is looking to open in January, and they say a recently announced historical rehabilitation loan from the state is going to help make that dream a reality.
Fayetteville City Council members last week approved a measure that will pass an $88,500 Georgia Department of Community Affairs loan along to Oz Pizza, which will use the money to complete its rehabilitation of a building next to Downtown Scoops on the south side of the Old Fayette County Courthouse. When finished, the Oz Pizza building will feature a state-of-the-art kitchen and cafe-style dining, as well as some covered, open-air seating areas along the Stonewall Avenue (Hwy. 54 eastbound) sidewalk.
Fayetteville Director of Community Development Brian Wismer reminded city council members that a similar DCA loan several years ago helped developers build Burke Square across Hwy. 85 from City Hall.
“Similar loans from the Department of Community Affairs have been issued in the community over the past 10 years and have been a valuable tool in downtown development across the state,” Wismer said.
When asked when Oz Pizza will open, Wismer said, “They are very convinced that they are going to open sometime in January.”

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.