“It’s a combination of putting all of these pieces together and making them work together,” Collins said. “That’s the hardest thing. As far as we can tell, it’s all going to work, but you don’t know until you build it.”
A recommendation has been made to the secretary of defense, he said.
“With the new administration, they want to take a look at all expenditures,” he said. “Once we see what they put in their budget, we’ll know the results of that.”
However, when it came down to answering questions about destruction deadlines, Collins did not hold back.
“Well, there’s several deadlines, and we’re not going to make any of them,” he said.
Previous deadlines have included 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022.
Collins said Wednesday that construction may be complete somewhere between 2023 and 2024, but even that could change based on the government’s financial flow.
Richard Thomas, a member of the Rotary Club and a member of Richmond’s Planning and Zoning Commission, said he did not have any questions, but rather a comment.
“This has been going on since the 1980s,” he said.
“It’s going to be over 40 years by the time you get this thing done — maybe 50 years.
“I get frustrated when I hear about it because it seems like it’s just been going on and on and on and we don’t even know if it’s going to be done by 2024. And I don’t think you do, either. I just like to vent every once in a while.”
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