Henry County commissioners approved the purchase of the former BB&T Bank building during their November 1 meeting. The building is located at 12 North Zack Hinton Parkway in downtown McDonough.
The purchase will provide additional judicial office space. The $2 million dollar purchase also includes the adjacent parking lot.
BB&T Bank Building
The BB&T Bank building, known for its former tenant, was constructed in 1977. It has three stories. The building’s total floor space measures 21,600 square feet.
Henry County purchased the property because of growing space needs within judicial departments. Specifically, the district attorney’s office and probate court will utilize the building. District Attorney Pattillo and Probate Court Judge Powell met with the county facilities team and conducted a walk-through of the building prior to its purchase.
“We have needed extra space in probate court for a long time,” spoke Judge Powell during Tuesday’s board meeting. She further explained the new building offers additional parking, a drive-thru window for residents’ convenience, a fire prevention sprinkler system and space to add a family restroom. The current probate court office on Sims Street lacks those facilities.
“This building would house staff who need about sixteen offices, conference space and file space,” shared DA Pattillo. ”We believe this space would be a good use for us.” Staff from the crimes against children unit as well as juvenile court would move into the building.
A timeline when county staff may move into the new building was not immediately available.
County Commissioners approved the building purchase by a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Wilson voted in opposition stating he wished to see an overall space needs plan for all departments. Commissioner Holmes left the meeting prior to the vote.
Featured image shows the BB&T Bank building in November 2022. Clayton Carte photo.
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