McDONOUGH — Eight acres at the Bridges at Jodeco development in Stockbridge have been offered as a potential location for the county’s new aquatic center.

According to a presentation from Jonathon Penn, Leisure Services cluster leader, the property owner is donating a minimum of 8 acres and up to 14 acres to accommodate the new facility.

Among the pros, Penn said grading, utilities and roads are already in place, which will minimize site development costs to the county.

The 160-acre Bridges at Jodeco, previously known as the Jodeco South development, will include a residential and commercial mixed-use community such as a city walk, restaurants and retail. Construction is expected to begin in the next three months.

Last month, aquatic consultant Bob McCallister offered up four locations, none of which the board could agree on.

McCallister said during Tuesday’s meeting that he reviewed the new site and that it’s “probably the county’s best selection.” He added the location’s access is also better than any other proposed site.

Penn said the Bridges at Jodeco location “checks all the boxes” the county needs to build the aquatic center.

The center is part of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax V project list approved by voters in 2019. A total of $22 million has been set aside to fund the aquatic center which will include a large competition pool, therapy pool and outdoor water park.

Commissioners did not voice opinions for or against the new proposed site. It’s unclear when the board intends to vote on the matter.

The next BOC meeting will be held on Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

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