PTC wants private college

Mon, 04/28/2008 - 3:18pm
By: The Citizen

Local officials are hoping to woo a private four-year college to relocate from East Point to Peachtree City.

The target of their desire is Atlanta Christian College, which enrolls approximately 400 students and has degree programs in seven areas of study.

Peachtree City hopes to be one of the finalists for the college’s selection committee, as proposals are due Wednesday, said City Councilman Don Haddix.

The college is hoping to get a 50-acre campus and the “prime location” eyed by local supporters is in Wilksmoor Village where the MacDuff Parkway extension is being built, Haddix said.

“The site is ideal in being easy to find, has high visibility and being undeveloped ACC, Peachtree City and the developers can work together to provide a ‘complete package,’ not just add a college,” Haddix said.

There has also been some talk about joining ACC with the public Clayton State University which is also exploring its options in Peachtree City, Haddix said.

A presentation package has been prepared with the assistance of the Fayette County Development Authority in hopes of luring ACC to Peachtree City, Haddix said. Other cities hoping to be in the running include Newnan, Forest Park and Locust Grove for a total of about nine competitors, Haddix said.

East Point is also making a bid to keep ACC in its jurisdiction, Haddix noted.

Haddix said he and fellow councilman Doug Sturbaum have been working with local real estate agent Mark Hollums, an ACC alum, on the project since November.

The three have worked with the Fayette County Board of Education, developers, landowners and interim facility owners to put together the final package for ACC’s consideration, Haddix said.

It is not known exactly when ACC expects to make its final selection for its new campus, but it could be as early as July, Haddix said.

The package put together by city officials has support of the entire City Council, Haddix noted.

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larrythecuke's picture
Submitted by larrythecuke on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 3:56pm.

I talked to a friend who is connected to ACC and got the impression that Newnan will be stiff competition. The reason is that the package they offer is a downtown campus, and it is a part of Newnan's overall revitalization project.

What is around the property here in PTC described in the article?

Submitted by DLPP on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:40am.

This is a great idea! PTC is a perfect location for advanced education and I hope that both Clayton College and State's PTC location and this new privated college will flourish in our community. This is an area that places a high value on advanced education and the more opportunities in our back yard, the better. Not to mention that it will help build and round out the flavor of our community.
Peachtree City - prepare to move beyond bedroom community!

Submitted by TomCat on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 10:50am.

This is an excellent example of what can happen when you elect GOOD folks to city council, let them work and when the time is right - Good things can happen. I know little about ACC but it sounds like it would be a wonderful addition to PTC. $25,000 is nothing compared to the likely return to PTC in all respects. Hope this happens!

"The Cat is loose...."

Spear Road Guy's picture
Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 10:06am.

Is this one of those deals where the city has to shell out a bunch of cash to get the college? I mean think about it, do we really want to put a large non-profit on what could be taxable real estate? Just my thoughts.

Vote Republican

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 10:36am.

We are willing to kick in $25,000.00.

Fact is if the land is built residential we loose money. Contrary to what many think it costs more in infrastructure and service costs than property tax pays because PTC gets back very little of the total property tax we pay each year. Most goes to schools. Meaning homes are revenue negative, not positive, in and of the home itself.

A college this size adds more than $25 million to the local economy each year. The sales tax revenues, associated home sales and increased value plus other revenues is a definite gain for PTC, meaning it will help keep property tax rates down.

Further, there are businesses associated with colleges that will move into the area to be close by. And with its nursing program that is a benefit to our local medical community and can promote its growth.

Communties seek colleges because they are a plus.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by CCB on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 12:16pm.

Some real estate people in Fulton County told me ACC was thinking about Peachtree City a long time ago.

The problem for them is going to be the commute times for the students on Highway 74 and 54. It would be better for them to be next to an off ramp on I-85.

I agree with Mr. Haddix on the benefits of a community college. It would be nice if somebody got that interchange at South Kedron opened for development on that land.

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 11:02am.

And would back the Council in this endeavor. Let's try and make it happen.

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 10:25am.

What was the point in bringing up something as practical as that consideration? I swear, reasonably prudent people just want to spoil things for others.

Vote the person, vote the issues, get rid of this partisan malarky.

larrythecuke's picture
Submitted by larrythecuke on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 10:16am.

I was surprised by this news. I know a bunch of people at that college and I am interested in the idea. They are really small right now, but the article says they plan to grow pretty fast.

I've been told that the presence of a college usually brings an economic boost to a community. Students, staff, families are drawn to businesses, etc., and the community benefits in general from being a "college town." So maybe the kinds of costs that you are talking about would be outweighed by the benefits.

I don't know, but I think it makes sense.

Anybody else?

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 6:15am.

Not so long ago, liquor by the drink was approved. Very recently, a tattoo parlor opened up shope here. Is anyone truly surprised that a Christian college is now considering relocating here?

Oh well, toga parties at the Y-knot should liven up Mayor Logsdon's Fridays!
Diagnosing Denise

Submitted by DLPP on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:45am.

What was unexpected was your line of thought. To read liquor by the drink and tatoo parlor, followed by Christian College, all strung together as though all similar gave me a great surprise and a good chuckle.
Indeed, what will be next?!

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Submitted by muddle on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 11:20am.

Yeah, a bit of irony, along the order of Mark twain's, "They were good people in the worst sense of the word" and some otther author (I forget) who wrote, "You could always tell the objects of her benevolence by their hunted look."

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Submitted by muddle on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 7:46am.

Watch for a PTC location for one of these shops

And, yes, there may be toga parties, but the revelers dress in seamless robes and make their own wine from local tap water.

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 9:39am.

They may make their own wine, but judging from these pictures they appear to have a bit of a problem with their drinking! Sticking out tongue
Diagnosing Denise

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Submitted by Mark Hollums on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 10:29pm.

Atlanta Christian College has quietly been educating young men and women at its East Point campus for over 70 years. Its impact has literally been global. To leave its historical setting and neighboring community’s warm relationship was a heart wrenching decision. However after much prayerful consideration, ACC’s Board of Trustees determined last fall that the cost of improving the campus’ aging infrastructure in its present location was probably not the best long-term option to achieving its enrollment goals.

While I am not a former alumnus of the college, ACC has meant a great deal to my family for a number of years. My grandfather served approximately 50 years on the Board of Trustees and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities. It was through this network of friends that I learned of the decision to relocate and in turn brought that news to the attention of Mayor Logsdon’s office. The Mayor selected Councilman Sturbaum as Council liaison and instructed that we should work in conjunction with the Fayette County Development Authority, which has proven to be invaluable.

Don Haddix has been very kind with the credit, but he has glossed over the considerable amount of time that he has graciously given whenever Doug has been unavailable to attend meetings. His counsel has been most appreciated as has Mayor Logsdon.

While I do hold a real estate license, I am employed as a property manager and rarely practice commercial brokerage. I have no business holdings within Peachtree City and it would be unethical for me to act in any kind of capacity whereby I might derive a personal profit while a member of the City’s Development Authority or the City’s Board of Ethics.

My role in this project is strictly as a friend to the College and as a civic booster. ACC would be a tremendous asset for our City as well as to the County. We are underserved in post secondary education not only for graduating high school seniors, but for adult degree completion programs as well. Plus, these kids are responsible young adults, not party animals. Also, there are very few overlaps in current as well as future programmed areas of study that ACC and Clayton State would conflict.

This is an exciting opportunity for our City, but we are not the only municipality to recognize this. Our next hurdle remains being selected.

Mark Hollums

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Submitted by Richard Hobbs on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 8:13am.

The temperatures in Atlanta, in the summer of 1980, were above 100 degrees for over two straight weeks. It was hot, and I was working my first summer job in the Atlanta area for Mr. Hollums grandfather, who owned an electrical contracting company. I was an apprentice electrician, which means helper.

I also graduated from ACC in 1983 and although I may have some differences in how and what I think now compared to then, I think ACC was a very good place to get started in life. My son also attended ACC in 2005. So I think Peachtree City, is an extraordinary wonderful choice for their campus. They were and continue to be a school of religious teaching, but they have expanded their programs to other areas over the years.

So I would encourage them to make PTC their home, as I and dozens upon dozens of former Alumni have. I'm just sorry that their campus in East Point is beyond repair. They've made many changes and modifications since I attended 25 years ago, but they seriously need more room, and PTC would be a perfect spot for them.

sniffles5's picture
Submitted by sniffles5 on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 10:03am.

When you denounced Intelligent Design did Atlanta Christian College attempt to revoke your degree? Eye-wink
Diagnosing Denise

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 6:50am.

As long as the residents of PTC don't have to bail it out like the complete moldy buisness failure tennis center, I'm good with it.

This would be a nice change for our little town.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 7:13am.

I'm glad Hollums is staying involved post-election as I think he can be an asset to PTC and isn't already aligned as totally against/for growth and doesn't have the bomb-thrower personality that gets in the way of accomplishing the actual work of the government.

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Submitted by mudcat on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 7:16pm.

What I saw was "working with local real estate agent Mark Hollums"

Are you kidding me? A former council person and failed candidate is now a real estate agent selling property to the city?

Who does this dude work for and why is he allowed to do this?

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Submitted by Mike King on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 7:28pm.

Obviously, Mark Hollums is not now, nor to my knowledge, been a real estate agent. He does run a family business, oil products I believe.
Mark has since I've known him has pursued getting the college to relocate to Peachtree City. and as Don Haddix is correct in giving credit where it is due.

mudcat's picture
Submitted by mudcat on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 7:41pm.

Haddix said he and fellow councilman Doug Sturbaum have been working with local real estate agent Mark Hollums, an ACC alum, on the project since November.


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Submitted by Don Haddix on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 8:11pm.

I actually didn't assign any occupation to Mark Hollum. That notation was added by the writer as well as the alum comment.

It is more accurate to say Mark is a property manager, I believe. He owns his own company.

And Mike King is right that Mark Hollum's family was involved in oil.

Mark is doing this because of a long family connection to ACC. He makes nothing off of this, is not one of the property owners nor their agent. Nor is he connected to any developer in this matter.

I have never found Mark to be anything but honest and forthright, even when we strongly disagreed on some issues during the election.

Hope this helps to clear up these issues.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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larrythecuke's picture
Submitted by larrythecuke on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 7:06pm.

Where is Wilksmoor Village?

larrythecuke's picture
Submitted by larrythecuke on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 10:16pm.

Why would it be a good place for a school?

other_side_trax's picture
Submitted by other_side_trax on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 12:31pm.

(formerly known as West village) is comprised of the following subdivisions:
Planterra Ridge
Cedar Croft
Ashton Reserve
and the recently annexed area to the north which includes property owned by John Wieland.

Wilksmoor Village is located on the West side of PTC.

Believe the area they are looking at for the campus is to the north (on the property curently owned by John Wieland - adjacent to Hwy 74).

From the other side of the tracks

Don Haddix's picture
Submitted by Don Haddix on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 5:07pm.

Thanks for the news write up, Citizen.

Just let me add that while this has involved many meetings and hours for Doug Sturbaum and myself, Mark Hollums has by far committed the most time and effort to this cause. He got the ball rolling. Credit must go where credit is due, and that is to Mark.

Another goal of ACC is to grow quickly to 1,200 enrollment, which I believe is very achievable.

We believe this is a win-win for all parties involved.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by wheeljc on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 3:58pm.

This would be a great addition to Fayette County! Think that institutions fostering values are going to be in growing demand in the future, and this would be a significant positive step for PTC, and Fayette County. Great work Mr. Haddix.

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Submitted by ahavah_lachaim on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 6:23pm.

As both a PTC resident and an ACC student, I'm really excited to the city council getting behind this project. I know how hard Mr. Hollums has been working on this(and I'm sure the other two gentlemen have as well) and I'm crossing fingers that ACC sees how mutually beneficial this move could be.

Let's bring ACC to PTC! Smiling

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