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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Navy Marks Close of NSA New Orleans

  • August 14, 2011
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In a ceremony Friday, Naval Support Activity New Orleans’ commanding officer encased the Navy flag, signifying the end of the Navy’s 110-year presence in New Orleans. It also marked the official arrival of the Marine Corps, which will occupy a 29-acre secure compound on the site called Marine Corps Support Facility, New Orleans.

When the Navy finishes moving out by Sept. 15, the Federal City project will take over the remainder of the site, located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in the city’s Algiers section, reported the Times-Picayune. The Federal City, a partnership between the New Orleans Federal Alliance and the Algiers Development District, plans to turn the space into a mixed-use development.

The partnership’s first success was securing funding for the $166 million headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve. That building, considered the anchor of the Federal City development, was formally dedicated in June.

The Navy will retain a presence in the region, as some of its operations at the support activity are moving to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans in nearby Belle Chasse.

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