Closing Time, Indeed

As reported back in May, Georgia has three military bases on BRAC‘s short-list. (Not to be confused with Brak‘s short-list.)

Today, after a succinct series of votes, none of the four were spared. Beyond that, a reversal on a proposed Connecticut Naval base closure means that those ships (and the jobs they would create in their wake) won’t be coming to King’s Bay.

1 Comment so far

  1. Cap'n Ken (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 5:21 pm

    What a shame that the decision to close bases was ultimately made by people who are looking at it from an operational standpoint instead of a political one. Can’t influence buy you government largesse anymore??

    It probably completely sucks dog for Gillem and the area around there (not sure the fate of NAS, what with Lockheed and Dobbins still right there), but I think this will be a good thing for the City of Atlanta and the Fort McPherson area.

    Fort McPherson ain’t your run-of-the-mill military base.

    It’s less than four miles from Downtown in a part of the city that desperately needs development. The old part of the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s got a golf course, a bunch of buildable land, and it’s next door to MARTA and the Freeway formerly known as Lakewood – which gives it easy access to The Connector, I-285 and I-20.

    In other words, I think Fort McPherson will ultimately be worth a lot more to the city and state as a redevelopment project than as a military installation. If you’ve ever been to the Presidio, you know how cool an old, historic military base can be.

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