HENRY COUNTY, GA- January 21, 2021—The Henry County Board of Commissioners approved two resolutions that will bring quality of life improvements to the northern end of Henry County. The action came at the January 20 Commission meeting.

Commissioners awarded bids for two multi-purpose sport fields, concession and restroom buildings in District V to J.R. Bowman Construction Co., Inc. for design and build services in the amount of approximately $2.6 million. The Board approved a $2 million budget amendment from the West Village Parkway SPLOST account to the District V Park Improvements SPLOST V account for the construction, equipment and lighting of the project. Funding is available in West Village Parkway account.

The purchase of a new concession and restroom building was also approved for Hidden Valley Park in Stockbridge to CXT, Inc. in the amount of $148,412. Capital funds will be allocated for this project.

District V Commissioner Bruce Holmes expressed his excitement about how the year is starting and what is proposed for the future.

“We are off to a tremendous start in 2021 for the developing health and wellness walkable commercial corridor located in North Henry County, and we have made a number of critical investments to support the continued development of our business community. Thanks to the Board of Commissioners, 8 foot, multi-use trails were approved this year extending from Village Park along Fairview Rd. to the Dekalb County line where we have been working to connect into a proposed passive Ward Lake walking trail plan with the Dekalb District Commissioner,” said Holmes.” With the Nidus Development and Piedmont Healthcare partnership plans, we are working to continue developing the area in making our commercial corridor more attractive for future business and private investment. I anticipate construction of the new mixed-use community to begin sometime in the second quarter of 2021 providing much needed density within our developing town center. Our new police and fire stations were approved by the BOC and we anticipate construction to begin in the second quarter of this year. Now we currently have a private and public employment hub simultaneously under development, which should intensify interest from future businesses such as sit-down restaurants interested in areas with potential mid-day lunch crowds.”

Holmes thanked the Board for their support of the items that were approved during the BOC meeting and said he is proud of the benefits each project will bring to the community.

“Walking trails and a new soccer and lacrosse complex was also approved within the new state-of-the-art public safety campus providing police and fire a tremendous opportunity to enjoy free time and release stress in an outside setting dedicated to them and their families. Although Village Park has been a great success helping to attract new business and youth sports programs, local soccer and lacrosse programs weren’t able to schedule adequate practice and games in coordination with football due to demand for facilities. Thanks to the BOC, we’ve approved the construction of two new fields and concessions facilities dedicated for youth soccer and lacrosse programs in Henry County. I’m proud that we’re also making significant improvements to Hidden Valley Park in 2021. We have approved new pickle ball courts, tennis court resurfacing and will be constructing new restrooms and concessions soon. These added improvements will greatly benefit our active seniors, youth baseball and tennis communities,” said Holmes. “The PATH Foundation has completed the first phase of the Greenway Trail extending from Panola Mountain State Park into the Fairview Community. Future plans include extending the trail into the commercial corridor, then down East Atlanta Rd into the City of Stockbridge. The trail currently stops in the woods short of Austin Roads Middle School. We will need coordination and support from the Board of Education if we’re going to make this connectivity a reality. West Village Parkway is currently under construction and being widened to 4-lanes with 8 foot, multi-use trails on both sides of the road and beautified medians should be near completion by the time similar construction starts along Fairview Rd. from Panola Rd. to Hearn Rd. Our future focus will be on further road infrastructure investments and resurfacing projects thru LMIG and TSPLOST. I look forward to continue collaborating with our community and helping to further improve quality of life and making the necessary investments for travel by vehicle or by foot in the coming years. I would like to thank our community for the support, and I look forward to fighting for you in the future.”