STOCKBRIDGE — The Stockbridge City Council unanimously approved a resolution Feb. 23 to throw its support behind building the Henry County Aquatic Center in Stockbridge at the Bridges at Jodeco site.
The site was proposed by Henry County Board of Commissioners Chair Carlotta Harrell at the board’s Feb. 2 meeting.
The property owner intends to donate a minimum of 8 acres and up to 14 to accommodate the new facility. 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.
The resolution is a companion piece to the letter sent by Mayor Anthony Ford to Harrell expressing the city’s support and wish to work with county officials to build the center.
All board members agreed.
Council member LaKeshia Gantt said she’s excited about the center and that the “community is waiting on this.”
Gantt and Councilman John Blount expressed their thanks to Harrell for proposing the location.
“I’m proud to see her making a difference in Henry County,” Blount said.
Councilman Elton Alexander said building at Bridges at Jodeco is an “opportunity to show citizens the city and county will work together.”
Aquatic Consultant Bob McCallister, who was hired by the county, said during the Feb. 2 Board of Commissioners meeting the site is “probably the county’s best selection.”
The aquatic 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.