Final environmental assessment for G-RAMP sent to Air Force

chwright@macon.comNovember 13, 2012 

WARNER ROBINS -- The city has completed its part in a lengthy study for land intended for a public-private partnership development near Robins Air Force Base, according to the engineering company that conducted the study.

Art Warner, a representative from AMEC, told the Warner Robins Redevelopment Agency board at its Tuesday meeting that the final environmental assessment of land north of Robins has been sent to the U.S. Air Force for a final OK to develop the Georgia-Robins Aerospace Maintenance Partnership. The study found the project would have no significant impact on the first 24 acres planned for G-RAMP. The city owns 91 acres of land intended for the project.

The city of Warner Robins has discussed the G-RAMP project for more than a decade. Mayor Chuck Shaheen vowed during his campaign -- and immediately after -- to get the project moving.

The study, which has been conducted over the past three years, was the first step. It’s required to obtain approval for development under the National Environmental Policy Act.

No one commented on the final draft of the study during a 30-day review, which ended Nov. 9, according to Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Gary Lee.

What the G-RAMP project will look like isn’t clear now.

Shaheen said he doesn’t believe the city should build it, and he and Lee have alluded that it may not be the maintenance hangars originally proposed for use by Robins personnel.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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