- September 4, 2015
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The multi-year effort by the state and a regional authority to buy properties surrounding Robins Air Force Base in Middle Georgia in an attempt to lower the residential density around the airfield is closing in on its 300th purchase. Last week, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources approved the purchase of eight more properties. Officials continue to look for properties near the installation to buy and demolish, reported Macon.com. “We’re doing active outreach” to property owners, said Dwight Davis, a member of the agency’s board. By the end of the year, the state plans to have closed on 68 properties. In addition, the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority has purchased 214 properties. To date, the two agencies have spent about $20.5 million to help protect Robins from urban development. The two have allocated a total of $30 million to the effort to fight encroachment.