Tyrone sets sights on new municipal complex

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What has been the parking area at Handley Park on Handley Road in Tyrone, and the wooded area behind it, are planned to become the site of the town’s new municipal complex. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Tyrone Town Council on Aug. 16 unanimously agreed to acquire program planning and architectural services that will result in a new municipal complex adjacent to Handley Park on Handley Road.

The town recently purchased approximately 15 acres situated on the south side of Handley Park at a cost if $189,000 said Mayor Eric Dial prior to the meeting. A portion of the 15-acre site, which was combined from two parcels, has long been a grassed overflow parking area used by residents attending events at the town-owned Handley Park.

Asked about the reason for the proposed relocation, Dial said the current Town Hall offices on Senoia Road have been in use for approximately 40 years and have been in increasing need of repair.

Though in the early planning stages, Dial said the goal is to have a municipal complex that would house Town Hall, the police department and municipal court.

The police department and municipal court are currently located on Senoia Road.

The $189,000 purchase of the parcels totaling 15 acres was made with the town’s reserve funds.

The town approximately a year ago purchase a 38-acre parcel adjacent to the new 15-acre property. Zoned OI (office institutional), the entry and exit to the the property, if it had been developed, would be by way of the narrow roadway leading to the park ballfields and amenities.