Hoschton leaders have selected a location to house the city’s new police department.
The Hoschton City Council agreed to make a $650,000 purchase for property located at 4162 Hwy. 53 in downtown Hoschton. The lot is 0.4 acres (according to Jackson County geographical information systems) and includes a 3,200 square-foot building.
The council met in a nine-minute closed session during a Friday (Sept. 3) called meeting to discuss real estate acquisition and voted unanimously to purchase the land upon returning to open session.
As part of the closing process, the council has authorized mayor pro-tem Adam Ledbetter to sign all closing papers for the sale.
Impact fees will be used toward the purchase of the property and cover just over half of the sale amount, according to mayor Shannon Sell.
With this latest move, the city continues to build its new police department after having been without one since 2010. Hoschton installed a new police chief, Brad Hill, in August and approved the purchase of a police vehicle. The city will begin slowly phasing in officers in January.
The property purchase will now allow for a police facility that could also serve a dual purpose.
“We’ll most likely put the municipal court in that building, too,” Sell said.
While Sell said there are “a lot of pieces to the puzzle,” the city hopes to have the facility ready “within the next few months.” The mayor noted that a florist and antique shop currently occupy the building and said those those tenants must be allowed adequate time to move out.
Sell said the building will require basic remodeling, but also said it’s too early to offer any details of a potential floor plan for the facility or an estimated cost for that project.