WARNER ROBINS -- Early plans to change the look of Watson Boulevard near Robins Air Force Base could rely on relatively cheap landscaping, sidewalk improvements and utility relocation.
Also potentially in store: widespread “infill” development that could put more business locations in the older commercial part of the city.
Gary Lee, who leads the city’s Redevelopment Agency, said he’s hopeful a federal grant would fund the landscaping and utility work. On Monday, illustrations from a forthcoming Carl Vinson Institute of Government report showed how easily the look of some areas could be changed.
But Langford Holbrook, a consultant with the University of Georgia-based institute, said in some areas a lack of buildings would help, too. That could allow access to other parking areas or provide shaded seating for cafes or other places to hang out.
Lee said he’s been talking with someone who wants to open a coffee shop on Commercial Circle, who’d also want to put in a drive-thru.
The Redevelopment Agency owns much of the property along Commercial Circle, parts of which were recently “streetscaped” to accompany new sidewalks, parking areas and landscaping.
The area of Watson Boulevard between Ga. 247 and Commercial Circle that’s under discussion for more streetscaping is also part of an area that recently got new architectural and design standards, which will change the look of buildings over time.
Members of the Redevelopment Agency board seemed to support the addition of an F-15 fighter jet to earlier plans for a veterans memorial in front of City Hall. Concrete could be poured this week for a pad for the jet to sit on. It’s expected to arrive at the end of the month. On Monday morning, survey stakes outlined the area for the plane.
For years, Warner Robins had a T-33 on display not far from City Hall. That aircraft was moved to the side of Interstate 75.
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