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State DOT Moves To Save Little Richard’s Childhood Home

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MACON, Ga. (AP) — The childhood home of rock pioneer “Little Richard” Penniman in Macon is headed for a new role.

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to spend about $10 million to mitigate the impact of widening Interstate 75 in Macon. The Telegraph reports that those plans include buying the small two-bedroom home where Little Richard’s family lived. The home near I-75 will be moved four blocks and renovated as a community resource center and museum honoring Little Richard.

Project manager Clinton Ford said the home’s owner, Andre Coquerel, should be approached about the sale by the end of October and the home could be moved to the new site by 2014. Coquerel said he’s willing to sell if he gets a good offer. He uses the home as a rental property.

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