The City of Statham appears to have emerged as the frontrunner for a new Army Reserve Center.
Statham planner and code enforcer Randy Gordon told council members at the July work session last Thursday other towns are still being looked at, but Statham has a good chance of being selected.
“I was told once the surveying and engineering is done, it’s pretty much a done deal,” Gordon said.
The 43,000-square foot building would house military personnel each month for training. There would be 179 parking spaces at the proposed facility located off Hwy. 316 on 16-acres on Old Bethlehem Road.
The project has a target price of $12 million, but could be anywhere from $10-$25 million, according to bid information. The construction phase is estimated to take 486 days.
Statham officials said if the facility is constructed locally, it should bring an increase in business traffic to the downtown area when military personnel are in town.