Atwater

Discussion on redeveloping Atwater’s old air base highlights difficulties and opportunities

When Castle Air Force Base closed 20 years ago, it resulted in shuttered buildings, crumbling infrastructure and a staggering economic blow from which Merced County is still recovering. A roundtable discussion at the former base Thursday drew legislators, elected officials, economists and education officials to answer this question: How do we transform Castle into a thriving business and commerce center?

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