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Columbus may seek old Fort Benning railroad corridor for 'linear park'

Columbus wants to remake another railroad bed.

Columbus Council’s agenda Tuesday includes a proposal to turn a surplus Fort Benning railroad corridor into a “linear park,” if the city can acquire the 55 acres the General Services Administration declared surplus on Sept. 3, offering the land “as is.”

The property still is being used as a utility corridor serving adjacent landowners, and a food-processing company uses part of it for shipping and receiving. The corridor is 200 feet wide and 11,980 feet long.

Having declared the land surplus, the General Services Administration may turn it over to the Department of the Interior, which may give it away for use as a public park. On council’s agenda Tuesday is a resolution authorizing city administrators to apply to get the property from the National Park Service, a division of the interior department.

The city currently is converting the old Warm Springs railroad line to a 10-mile hiking and biking trail from downtown to Psalmond Road.

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