The Shopper Real Estate: Realtors revitalize Wadsworth Alley


By Jess Barron, Lindsey’s Inc. Realtors

If you are from Newnan or have spent some time around the court square, you may have noticed a small alleyway with a large courtyard tucked away off Madison Street.

Wadsworth Alley, in its current state, is nothing more than a storage area for trash cans and a place for a/c units. I can remember riding my bike to downtown Newnan with friends and being dared to go into alleyways like this one. It was not a pretty place.

Newnan is in an era of growth and revitalization and the Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors (NCBOR) is very excited to assist on this specific project with Wadsworth Alley. NCBOR is currently coordinating with Main Street Newnan on this endeavor. Courtney Harcourt and Main Street Newnan have been a huge help in this process.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has given NCBOR a $2,800 placemaking grant to help transform Wadsworth Alley into a vibrant public space for the public to enjoy. Will Daane, a Newnan native and Northgate High School alumni, serves as the Realtor Party Coordinator for the Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR). Will has been a great resource for NCBOR and assisted us in this entire process.

The Newnan-Coweta Board will use these grant funds to transform the alleyway with landscaping, community art, and spaces for the public to enjoy. NCBOR has already spent two major work days and countless volunteer hours in Wadsworth Alley. To date, we have relocated and recycled bulk waste, removed weeds and invasive plants, and laid down mulch in the courtyard area of the alley. There will be more opportunities to volunteer moving forward and we are very excited about that.

As a Realtor, we believe it is important to be involved in the community and volunteer. We want to do more than sell houses and we want to make a difference. The project in Wadsworth Alley is just one way we can do that.

Jess Barron is an Associate Broker with Lindseys, Inc. Realtors and President-Elect of the Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors.