Former Pelham detention center has new purpose

Former Pelham detention center has new purpose
Mgr. Jim Hedges (WALB image)
Mgr. Jim Hedges (WALB image)
(WALB image)
(WALB image)

PELHAM, GA (WALB) - The Donnie Cochran Community Complex on Mize Street  in Pelham is getting ready to officially open its doors, and its potential is sparking interest.

"We're just really looking forward to what's happening," said Pelham City Manager Jim Hedges. "The community doesn't have a place to meet, a place to get together.  And this is going to fill that void."

Repurposing and cleaning up this facility has been a labor of love. "This is what I'll call the rooms where the police officers would come, and sit, and write up their reports. A lot of interest in what we're doing, and a lot of phone calls, and 'When's it going to be open.'  We're ready."

Hedges says he's already been approached by a local church that wants to utilize the center's six classrooms for a day care center.

Rooms could soon be used for GED classes.  Hedges said the city has been approached by a local college about the possibility, and after pitching the idea on Facebook, he got an overwhelming positive response.

"It just answered the question, 'Yes, this is something that we really need in the community.  It's an awesome idea and we don't have to travel out of town to further our education."

Hedges adds that plans are being made to create a well-lit walking track, and, once football starts up, a place for kids in the community to come and watch the game of the week.

The Donnie Cochran Community Complex will have its grand opening Friday August 26th.

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