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Welcome center reopens after crash
by Christine Fonville
January 22, 2014 10:18 AM | 1824 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The McDonough Welcome Center at 5 Griffin St. is open again to the public after a car crashed into it earlier this month, but it will require months of reconstruction to restore the historic building fully.

McDonough Police Chief Preston Dorsey said Reginald Sprattley, 58, crashed into the building while turning from Jonesboro Street onto Griffin Street. “The driver said his foot got stuck while he was accelerating and he lost control of the vehicle,” Dorsey said.

Although no one was seriously injured, the Jan 4 crash destroyed the southeastern corner of the building, which was a storage area for the Main Street Program’s supplies, decorations and other materials.

It also caused some damage to the public restroom area which has not reopened to the public.

“Although the roll-up garage door was not an original part of the building, we’re looking at reconstruction plans to rebuild the entire bay and storage area in a similar fashion to what it looked like before the crash,” said city Business Development Director Adam Causey.

He said the city is working with its insurance company, the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency, to make repairs to the center.

“We’re using a firm called Parker Young Construction. They’ll handle scheduling, building and the cost which we will inform the public on as we receive that information,” Causey said.

He also said it was important to the city to “not do [a] bid-out process” to ensure faster repairs.

“One positive aspect is that the building is made of brick and everyone that responded to the crash saved as much as they could of the original building materials to hopefully reuse during construction,” Causey said.

The timeframe of the completed work will depend on the scope of construction and the weather.

Causey said replacing windows and painting the entire building will also occur with the reconstruction.

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