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GSA hosts public meeting for proposed training center at Fort Pickett and Pickett Park

Citizens of Blackstone, Nottoway County and other localities in the Fort Pickett area learn details of the Draft Environmental Impact Study for the proposed U. S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Security Training Center at a public meeting hosted by the U. S. General Services Administration Nov. 7 in Blackstone. GSA is proposing to acquire land at Fort Pickett and PIckett Park to develop the FASTC, a facility that would consolidate existing Department of State training operations located across the country. The FASTC would include driving tracks, mock urban environments, fire and explosive ranges, classrooms, simulations labs, administration, dormitories, dining facilities and supporting infrastructure. The Draft EIS analyzes and assesses the environmental effects of site acquisition and development, and citizens have until Dec. 10, 2012 to comment on the draft. A final EIS is expected in Spring 2013, followed by a 30 day review period, and GSA estimates a Record of Decision to published soon after that. If the proposed site is selected, the EIS indicates as many as 1,500 permanent direct and indirect jobs could be brought to the area with an estimated net revenue increase of $1.2 annually in Nottoway County. Proposed construction would occur between 2014 and 2020. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard)


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Taken on November 8, 2012