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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

Rival Files Lawsuit to Block Ft. McPherson Sale to Filmmaker

  • July 20, 2014
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An Atlanta entertainment company last week filed a federal lawsuit against the LRA for the former Fort McPherson seeking to block the sale of much of the 488-acre post to filmmaker Tyler Perry. In the suit, Ubiquitous Entertainment Studios states that it had met with the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority about purchasing 80 acres for a “movie studio entertainment complex” in 2011, but was told officials couldn’t negotiate until the Army transferred the property …

Towns’ Support Builds for Measure to Overhaul South Weymouth Reuse

  • July 20, 2014
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With a July 31 deadline looming for the Massachusetts Legislature to approve a measure to strip authority from the LRA responsible for the reuse of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth located 20 miles outside of Boston, officials in two of the base’s three neighboring towns so far are supporting the proposal sponsored by the project’s master developer. The plan put forward by Starwood Land Ventures would shift responsibility for public services and property tax revenue to the surrounding communities of Weymouth, Abington and Rockland, while giving Starwood more flexibility regarding the pace of the project …

LRA Launches Search for Roosevelt Roads Master Developer

  • July 18, 2014
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Puerto Rico’s Local Redevelopment Authority is seeking responses to a recently issued request for qualifications for master developers for the redevelopment of Roosevelt Roads, the island’s former U.S. Navy base in Ceiba. The RFQ includes 3,000 acres of prime Caribbean coastline that is ideal for hotel properties, ecotourism, marinas, light industrial, casinos, educational institutions and other mixed-use development …

North Carolina Needs Consultant for JLUS for Seymour Johnson AFB

  • July 18, 2014
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The North Carolina Department of Commerce is requesting proposals from qualified vendors to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base including Dare County Range and associated special use airspace, military training routes, military operations areas and surrounding communities. Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, agriculture preservation, land conservation, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations. The RFP is available on the state’s purchasing website. Search by either Department (**Purchase and Contract**) or by Bid Number (43-1066-14). Sealed proposals will be received until 4 p.m. on Aug. 18. For further information, contact Casey Jones, purchasing agent, at casey.c.jones@nccommerce.com.

Ft. Meade Neighbor Growing, but Failing to Meet BRAC Expectations

  • July 18, 2014
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Following the 2005 round of BRAC, planners predicted Laurel, Md., would benefit from the influx of growth slated for nearby Fort Meade, and the city approved a number of apartments and housing developments to accommodate the surge. Nine years later, it’s clear that the projections missed the mark as Laurel’s population only climbed by 4,000 to 26,000 currently. The recession that took hold several years after the last BRAC played a major role in limiting new development in the city, but so did the decision by many personnel relocating to Fort Meade to commute rather than move closer to their new post …

Appropriations Panel Blocks Most Cost-Saving Reforms

  • July 17, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a $490 billion fiscal 2015 defense spending bill that rejects many of the Pentagon’s cost-savings proposals intended to comply with the Budget Control Act spending caps. The measure blocks DOD’s plan to slash subsidies for military grocery stores by $200 million in FY 2015; however, it embraced one of the department’s reforms — limiting housing allowances below the rate of inflation. The plan to slow the growth in the basic allowance for housing would save $8.8 billion in personnel costs over the next five years, according to a committee summary of the spending bill …

Measure Keeping BRAC Documents Secret Goes to North Carolina Governor

  • July 17, 2014
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Documents used by North Carolina officials pertaining to the state’s military installations in relation to a BRAC round can be withheld from public view, under the final version of legislation approved unanimously by both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly on Wednesday. The measure now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory (R) for his signature. State Rep. Elmer Floyd (D), whose district includes Fort Bragg, said the bill would exempt information about the state’s strategy in a future base closure round from being disclosed through state public records laws and public meeting laws, reported the Fayetteville Observer. The Military Lands Protection Act also strengthens laws preventing tall structures from being built within five miles of an installation if the military opposes the project.

Presidio Trust Completes 15-Year Cleanup Program

  • July 17, 2014
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With only a little fanfare, the Presidio Trust, the federal agency responsible for transforming the historic Army post into a national park site, hit a critical milestone this spring when it completed the $172 million environmental remediation program set out when the Army transferred management of the cleanup of the San Francisco installation to the Trust in 1999. Since then, the Trust has cleaned up more than 200 hazardous waste sites within the 1,500-acre National Historic Landmark outlined in a consent agreement with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control …

Master Developer Needed to Turn Roosevelt Roads into Tourist Destination

  • July 16, 2014
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Puerto Rico’s Local Redevelopment Authority is seeking responses to a recently issued request for qualifications (RFQ) for master developers for the redevelopment of Roosevelt Roads, the island’s former U.S. Navy base in Cieba. The RFQ includes 3,000 acres of prime Caribbean coastline that is ideal for hotel properties, ecotourism, marinas, light industrial, casinos, educational institutions and other mixed-use development …

Fort Ord LRA Seeks to Fill Economic Development Position

  • July 16, 2014
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The Fort Ord Reuse Authority is seeking an experienced professional with strong communication, marketing and research skills to fill the economic development specialist position. The primary function of this position is to perform economic development recovery for the former Fort Ord military base by promoting educational and research-based business development services …

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