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Henry to move house for police, fire training

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

A house now sitting where officials plan to build a parking deck in McDonough will soon be converted into a training facility for Henry County's police and firefighters.

Officials recently awarded a $25,000 contract to Roy Bishop House Movers to move the unoccupied home, at 63 Lawrenceville Street in McDonough, to 2650 Stroud Road in McDonough, according to Henry County Manager Rob Magnaghi.

The Stroud Road site is the location of the future Public Safety Training Facility, which will be used by the county's fire and police departments.

Magnaghi said the house is expected to be moved within the next two weeks.

Relocating the building will clear the site for the construction of a parking deck on Lawrenceville Street.

Ike McConnell, Division Chief of Training for the Henry County Fire Department, said the training facility will be a benefit to the department.

"We do need more room, and we need to be more remote," said McConnell.

He said the fire department's current training facility is on one square acre on Industrial Boulevard in McDonough, behind Fire Station No 1.

The facility is also near local businesses, McConnell explained.

"We do live fire training," he said. "The fact that we do that could be a nuisance."