FILE – In this May 30, 2009 file picture, Little Richard performs at The Domino Effect, a tribute concert to New Orleans Rock [auth] 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.