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Workers are busy in the former Fred's building here. (Photo: Walter Geiger)

County transforming former Fred’s building

Crews from Hogan Construction are moving right along with work on the transformation of the old Fred’s facility on Veterans Parkway in Barnesville which will become the county administration building.

The project is designed to create a one stop location for citizens to do business with the county.
The new facility will be home to the county commission and administrative offices, the tax commissioner, elections board, tax assessors, planning and development, zoning and the county extension service.

The building should be ready by early June, according to county administrator Sean Townsend. “There may be some supply chain issues with air conditioning components that could move that back a couple of months. We will have to wait and see on that,” Townsend said.

A blend of bond funds, SPLOST monies and ARPA allocations is being used to pay for the purchase and retrofitting of the building. The total cost of the project is about $3.5 million.

Once all the operations are relocated, the current administration building in the old Gordon barracks will be no longer in use by the county which can then sell or rent it.

Once the tax commissioner’s office is out of its present building on Hwy. 36 West at Country Kitchen Road, that facility will be reworked and become home to the 911 center, currently at the sheriff’s office, and the EMA office.

The EMA and county extension offices are located in the old and deteriorating Barnesville Academy building. The gym there is currently being extensively remodeled. The other buildings, once empty, could be demolished but that decision is not yet final.

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