Fort Valley buying old Peach County hospital with plans for community center
Mayor Barbara Williams says it’s still in the early stages, but once the complex is done, it could be something that brings the community together.
“I’m trying not to let any grass grow under my feet,” Williams said.
Almost a year into her term, Williams isn’t letting her time go by idly.
Since she took office, she says one of her priorities is community outreach and she has an idea.
“If you have nothing to do then you will create something to do and so we hope to be able to create something positive,” Williams said.
That potential positive creation is at the old hospital on Highway 49 in Fort Valley.
“I traveled to a place that had a state of the art complex that sparked my interests in trying to see if we can do that spot because it seems like the ideal spot,” Williams said.
Crews still maintain the lawns around the buildings, but signs referring to the hospital are worn, torn, and faded.
Williams envisions a recreation facility, possibly even a conference center and much more.
The city paid a one dollar transfer fee from the Peach County Hospital Authority to get the property.
“I’ve been trying to save that dollar man,” she said.
Now it’s time for planning and that includes finding the money to build the facility. Williams says the project is going to take some work.
“It will create jobs and somebody has to manage those jobs. We’re searching and doing research on what we call a P3 partnership, a public private partnership,” Williams said.
In the end, she says it’ll be worth it and she’s looking forward to getting the ball rolling.
“There’s some things that we felt like Fort Valley has really deserved and now is the time,” Williams said.
Mayor Williams and council have a meeting next week to get the transfer documents finalized. After that, there will be a series of meetings with architects, engineers, and the public before the city gets to work on the project.