Air Force, Community Celebrate Final Transfer at England AFB
Officials last week marked the Air Force’s conveyance of the final piece of 2,331 acres at England Air Force Base transferred to the England Authority since the installation closed in 1992.
The base’s conversion into England Airpark in central Louisiana is considered one of the best examples of the redevelopment of a BRAC installation. After obtaining 1,000 acres from the Air Force in 1998, the authority established Alexandria International Airport. The Airpark now supports several mixed use developments, including senior citizen living, offices, warehouses and heavy manufacturing. The final transfer of 628 acres took place in September.
Several speakers at the ceremony looked toward the project’s future. “I believe the next 20 years can be as transformational for England Airpark and this region as the last 20 years,” said Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret, according to the Town Talk.