Wednesday, February 24, 2016 08:00 AM


The old railroad depot in Tunnel Hill has seen many different uses during the more than 160 years since it was built. And before any contractors will come in to remodel the building they want to know exactly what they will be dealing with, says City Manager Blake Griffin.

“I am putting together a request for proposals for a Phase 1 environmental report,” said Griffin. “I hope to have it finished by the end of this week.”

Tunnel Hill received from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) that Whitfield County voters passed last year $600,000 to renovate the depot, which city officials hope to turn into a community center.


But before that work can begin, the city needs the Phase 1 report, which will identify any potential environmental issues that could affect work on the site.

“An engineering firm will come in and talk to former tenants of the property, former owners, those who own property around the site, search official documents,” Griffin said.

The depot dates to the start of the railroad in 1850. It sits just across the railroad tracks from the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center on Oak Street and the battlefield and the historic Clisby Austin House, and it is ...

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