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Water authority building gets upgrade

Clayton, Henry property acquisition pays for renovations

Photo by Johnny Jackson
Clayton County Water Authority is undergoing $2.5 million in renovations this year to improve foot and vehicle traffic flow.

Photo by Johnny Jackson Clayton County Water Authority is undergoing $2.5 million in renovations this year to improve foot and vehicle traffic flow.

MORROW — Clayton County residents can thank Henry County for $2.5 million in renovations under way at the Clayton County Water Authority.

The renovations were made possible with money the authority received after selling Clayton County a 424-acre property just south of Woolsey Road near Hampton, said Suzanne Brown, spokeswoman for the authority.

Brown said the authority purchased the property in 1999 for $2.5 million, the same price it sold for in July 2011. She said the county included that property as part of the 2011 Tara Field airport package deal with Henry County.

Henry County is paying about $2.7 million of the $17.7 million acquisition. The Federal Aviation Administration is paying the difference.

Construction at the authority’s headquarters building, 1600 Battle Creek Road, began in January. It is expected to be completed in October.

Brown said the authority is renovating its basement and first floor and adding 2,000 square feet in order to consolidate customer service staff and create a better flow for its 18,000 walk-in customers each month.

She said passers-by also will see improvements in traffic flow at the new drive-in teller entrance and 35 additional parking spaces.

Richard Wittschiebe Hand Architects Inc. of Atlanta designed the project. Bryson Constructors Inc. in East Point was contracted to do the renovations.

Marie Barber is chairwoman of the authority’s board of directors. She said customer service hours will remain from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday throughout the construction.

“We are asking that customers have patience with us while we renovate the building,” said Barber. “When this project is complete, customers coming to our headquarters building will see an improvement.”

The customer parking lot west of the headquarters building will be closed during the project but parking will be available in a lot east of the building.

Brown said customers may avoid construction by visiting the authority’s Forest Park satellite office at 526 Forest Parkway, Suite A.

“They can also establish service or pay their bill online,” said Brown. “The ‘payment options’ tab under the customer service section of this web site (www.ccwa.us) lists several convenient ways to pay your water bill.”