- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) - Dozens of homes have been purchased by the government in an ongoing effort to remove residents from areas near Robins Air Force Base in central Georgia.

The Telegraph reports (https://bit.ly/1CP7klK) that the goal is to use government money to buy houses in noisy areas near the base and then demolish them.

Local leaders say it reduces the threat of what’s called encroachment, which could be a key factor in future decisions on which bases to close and which ones to keep open.

Daniel Brown, business operations specialist for the state Department of Natural Resources, said that in the last several months, the state of Georgia has finalized the sale of four small mobile home parks, a small apartment complex and some other properties.

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Information from: The Macon Telegraph, https://www.macontelegraph.com

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