After more than 17 hours of public comment, the Atlanta City Council approved the construction for a new police and fire training center.
The facility will be built on 85 acres just east of city limits at an old Atlanta prison farm on Keys Road and cost around $90 million.
It will feature state of the art training sites, including a mock village for urban police training, emergency vehicle driving course and a burn building for firefighters to practice.
The center will also hold the Atlanta Police Academy and Atlanta Fire and Rescue Academy. The remaining 265 acres will be preserved as greenspace. “The new Public Safety Training Facility is another step in our Administration’s efforts to support our fire and police officers, while also focusing on sensible reform,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement.