Henry County will spend $2.7 million on a new fire station in a fast-growing part of the south metro community that has worried about response times to emergencies.
J.R. Bowman Construction will build a new Fire Station No. 8 at 975 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge after winning approval recently from the Henry County Commission.
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The facility replaces a previous station No. 8 that was closed a few years ago after leaders said it was unsafe. The 30-year-plus station served residents and schools in fast-growing subdivisions on the west side of Interstate 75, which cuts through Henry.
After the station was shuttered, its fire fighting staff was split into other facilities on the other side of the interstate, which drew protests from residents, Commissioner Dee Clemmons said.
“It left the people on the west side of the county with longer response times,” Clemmons said.
Completion of the fire station’s design is expected to take about 120 days while construction will take about 280 days, according to documents.