FILE – In this May 30, 2009 file picture, Little Richard performs at The Domino Effect, a tribute concert to New Orleans Rock and Roll musician Fats Domino, in New Orleans, La. Macon, Ga. officials say they plan to move the boyhood home of Little Richard to spare it from a highway construction project. Mayor Robert Reichert and others made the announcement as the 80-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was scheduled to receive an honorary degree Saturday, may 11, 2013 from Mercer University. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Officials in Georgia have decided to move the boyhood home of Little Richard to spare it from a highway construction project.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert made the announcement Friday. WMAZ-TV reports (http://on.wmaz.com/YB9JwR) that the 80-year-old singer is receiving an honorary degree on Saturday from Mercer University.
Born Richard Wayne Penniman, Little Richard grew up in Macon’s Pleasant Hill community. That’s a neighborhood that was later divided by the construction of Interstate 75.
The “Tutti Frutti” singer’s boyhood home faced possible demolition to make room for a planned expansion of the interchange where I-75 meets Interstate 16 to Savannah.
City officials said the home will be relocated to a lot near the Pleasant Hill community garden. At its new location, the house will be used as a neighborhood resource center.