WARNER ROBINS, GA – The booming city of Houston County has shaken people off, but Mayor Randy Toms and LaRhonda Patrick say development needs a boost.
“Downtown is a great opportunity, and I think we’re going to develop a downtown area. There are people around the table now ready to move forward,” Toms said.
“We also need other developments. We need more investment from businesses here in our city to provide more jobs for young people who come through our school system,” he said.
For Toms, Perkins Field, once intended for affordable housing, is where he sees an opportunity.
“An area where we can have entertainment, a food truck atmosphere, a walking path around the whole park, and make it a green space for people to go out and have fun,” he said.
For Patrick, she would like a place that combines commerce and housing.
“We have more houses, we have a few small businesses, but overall we don’t have this space that shows real development for all-in-one retail and living spaces,” said Patrick.
Both say they also have ideas for infrastructure development.
“I think the Robins industrial park on 41 is something that we need to focus on, and as far as the infrastructure goes, we are building a new water tower, a new water system there,” a Toms said.
“Our infrastructure, we have to update it. We know the sewer lines are at full capacity – we have water leaks everywhere. I was just in a neighborhood to get to know the community and there were flags, ”said Patrick.
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