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Construction well underway on fire, police stations

By Ed Brock

Clayton County Deputy Fire Chief Allen McGiboney knows that life at the fire department's oldest station, Station No. 9, is not always pretty.

"I was there for 10 years and they're due a new station," McGiboney said.

And that new station is expected to be finished next month, along with a new building for Station No. 4, and then a couple of weeks after that the brand new Station No. 12 will also be ready to go. Meanwhile, everything is also on schedule for the county's new $17 million, 90,000 square-foot police headquarters and 911 Emergency Operations Center.

"They're saying we'll be moved in by Thanksgiving of this year," Clayton County police Lt. Alan Holloway said.

Groundbreakings for the three fire stations were held in July and for the police headquarters in October.

Two of the fire stations are intended to replace existing fire stations No. 9 at the intersection of Aviation Boulevard and College Street and No. 4 on East Fayetteville Road near Riverdale, Clayton County Fire Chief Alex Cohilas said previously. The third station will be on Mundy's Mill Road near Fitzgerald Road and will cover the increasingly developed south part of the county.

The new stations will cost a little over $880,000 each. Two of the stations will have the same floor plan and the third will be a mirror image, Cohilas said. Each will have room for increased staffing in the future as well.

McGiboney said the exterior of stations 4 and 9 are finished and they hope to pour the pavement next week if the weather permits.

"We've already ordered the chairs for the stations and we're still checking on dining room tables," McGiboney said. "We're looking for high quality stuff that will last for a while."

Expectations are growing at the police department as well, Holloway said.

"We're excited and we appreciate the commission doing this for us," Holloway said.

Raddick Construction of Thomaston is building the fire stations while Slaterpaull Architects and The Facility Group of Smyrna are building the police headquarters with Lee Design and Management overseeing the project.