Groundbreaking held in Locust Grove

By Jason Smith Times Correspondent

Local government officials broke ground Oct. 1 on a new public safety complex adjacent to Locust Grove City Hall. The 18,000-square foot building is designed to mimic the boys’ dormitory that was part of the Locust Grove Institute in the early 1900s.

Groundbeaking for a new public safety complex was held last Friday in Locust Grove. Photo by Jason A. Smith

The cost of the project is $4,775,000. Locust Grove Mayor Robert Price said $2 million of the total is covered by a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, and the city is paying for the rest of it.

“The city’s been working on it for over 10 years,” he said.

“We’ve been working hard for the last two years. We’ve got all the money in the place. With the SPLOST money and the city money, we’ve got the money to pay for it, and we won’t owe anybody anything.”

Construction on the project will take approximately a year.