Decatur To Break Ground on Municipal Building

The groundbreaking for the Beacon Municipal Center will be held at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Atlanta Avenue construction entrance. The public is invited.

The City of Decatur will hold a groundbreaking for the Beacon Municipal Center at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

City officials will gather at the Atlanta Avenue construction entrance. The public is invited. Parking is limited so the city recommends you park on West Trinity Place at Adair Park if you cannot walk or bike.

The city is now demolishing part of the building that used to be the city's African-American school before integration.

In recent years it's housed the police department, municipal court, recreation programs and, for a time, the Active Living Department.

The city's beactivedecatur.com website says,

When the construction is completed in the spring of 2014, the Beacon Municipal Center will house a new Police Department and Municipal Court, new Ebster Recreation Center with a full-size gym operated by Active Living and teh City Schools of Decatur’s Central Office.  A major storm water management facility will be built under Ebster Field.  Cost of the project: $38 million. 


Steve May 06, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Fix your lead. It says 8:30 Pm.
D. Patton White May 06, 2013 at 07:08 PM
AND, for at least the past 25 years it was home to the Beacon Hill Arts Center, home to Beacon Dance, Decatur City Dance, The Decatur Civic Chorus, Neighborhood Playhouse/Theatre Decatur as well as numerous visual artists.
Ralph Ellis May 06, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Thanks for the added info!
Louise runyon May 06, 2013 at 08:34 PM
The loss of Beacon Arts Center is huge, and it has in no way been adequately replaced. In addition to providing homes for all the arts organizations mentioned by D. Patton White, Beacon provided rehearsal and performing space for innumerable non-resident performing artists and arts organizations. The Decatur area is sorely in need of replacement space. One can only imagine what a wonderful replacement could be found at the old Scott Boulevard Baptist Church, now under contract to Fuqua Development and slated to be torn down. This lovely part of the skyline at the big intersection of N. Decatur Road and Lawrenceville Hwy. is planned to be replaced with mixed use retail and office space, but would make an elegant theatre, much needed in greater Decatur. It is to be hoped that the DeKalb Zoning Board of Appeals will not allow Fuqua to move foward with its plans. And what philanthropist might come forward to purchase the church for an arts center to replace Beacon Hill??


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