WARNER ROBINS -- Now that the new law enforcement center has been completed, the Warner Robins Redevelopment Agency has shifted its focus to the rest of Watson Boulevard.
The buildings are one thing, but our job is to create the redevelopment plan for this entire area over here, said Gary Lee, executive director of the Redevelopment Agency.
The Redevelopment Agency board met Monday for the first time since the ribbon cutting for the new police headquarters. The board met inside its completed building to exchange awards with officials involved in the project and also heard updates on initiatives for redeveloping what Lee calls the Watson Boulevard Corridor.
The law enforcement center is located at Watson Boulevard and Armed Forces Boulevard, at the eastern entrance of the city. Police have not relocated yet.
Weve finished the building, but now we have to finish the entire plan, Lee said.
In a presentation, financial adviser Rick Saunders said a state grant application is almost complete. Its known as a T-Grant to local officials, but the pot of state money for local redevelopment projects has different names year-to-year.
Saunders, of Saunders Engineering Consultants, said he is waiting for cost estimates of underground lighting from Flint Energies.
The grant would be used for streetscaping and landscaping from Ga. 247 to North Davis Drive.
Walter Gray, city engineer, also updated the board of plans for Commercial Circle. He said almost all necessary rights-of-way have been obtained, but permits from the Georgia Department of Transportation are still needed.
Also at Mondays meeting, the board changed its bylaws to allow board-appointed city officials to serve as ex-officio members. Board members then appointed Councilwoman Carolyn Robbins, who regularly attends their meetings, to fill the spot.
The board also received awards from the police department for its work on the law enforcement center. JMA Architecture gave the council, board and department awards. Chief Brett Evans gave an award to Capt. Joe Wetherington for help with the project. And Mayor Chuck Shaheen gave an award to ICB Builders.
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