BLAKELY, GA (WALB) - The city of Blakely and Early County marked a major milestone on Monday as they broke ground on a new fire station and government complex.
The USDA rural development program provided $3.4 million for the project.
The complex will be 12,000 square feet, divided between fire, E-911 and police officials.
This center will house 45 first responders operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
This will ensure first responders will have enough space to answer calls more quickly.
"This project has been a project that we have only dreamed of for a long, long time, and it's finally becoming a reality. As I said earlier, this project will enable our people to better do their jobs and provide for the citizens' needs not only for Blakely and Early County but for Randolph and Stewart counties," said Mayor Anthony Howard.
This is the first groundbreaking for a new county building in years. This project will be completed in the next 10-12 months.