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Fort Stewart expansion will no longer happen

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DAWSON, GA (WALB) - An expansion planned for Fort Stewart will no longer happen.

Representative Sanford Bishop says he's disappointed with the decision.

Last week it was announced that plans to bring troops to Fort Stewart near Hinesville were scrapped.

The move would have brought thousands of additional soldiers and their families to Georgia.

Local governments in the area and private developers spent roughly $38 million preparing for the expected growth.

"Hinesville took the army at it's word and made preparations to receive the expected influx of troops they made a lot of financial investments, and it was very disappointing to learn they are not going to bring those two new brigades," said Rep. Sanford Bishop, (D) Georgia.

Bishop demanded to know if the change was budget driven.

He is concerned about the impact the sudden decision will have on communities surrounding Fort Stewart.

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