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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Defense Bill Returns Wisconsin Ammo Plant Parcel to Indian Tribe

  • December 18, 2014
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After an extended delay due to bureaucratic infighting, the tribe whose land was used to construct the Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo, Wis., will get its land back from the federal government courtesy of language in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The Ho-Chunk Nation will receive 1,553 acres at the shuttered facility, after the Army declared the plant excess to its needs in 1997. “I have been working on this since I first entered Congress, so I take great pride in bringing people together, giving the community a voice, and getting the job done …

Closed Bases Find New Niche — Test Sites for Autonomous Vehicles

  • December 16, 2014
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One installation closed through BRAC 2005 recently reached an agreement allowing Mercedes-Benz to use its roads to test driverless cars, while another shuttered in the same round is discussing the possibility of providing space for testing and development of autonomous vehicles to a Princeton University research group. In October, the city of Concord, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and the Navy licensed Mercedes-Benz to use the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California as a test site. The automobile manufacturer will test other related technology as well, including traffic signals designed to communicate with self-driving cars …

Deed Signing Marks First Transfer at Walter Reed

  • December 11, 2014
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Officials from the District of Columbia and the Army held a ceremonial signing Wednesday of a deed transferring a building at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, marking the first transfer of land at the hospital campus to the city. After demolishing the building, the District plans to construct a $12 million fire station. “My administration has worked closely with the Army to acquire Walter Reed so that we can begin transforming this historic campus into a vibrant destination that meets the needs and desires of the neighboring community …

Ft. McPherson-Tyler Perry Sale Back on Track

  • December 10, 2014
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The Fort McPherson LRA’s plan to sell about two-thirds of the former post to filmmaker Tyler Perry is on again, after the authority on Tuesday replaced a board member and approved a resolution outlining the boundaries of the 330-acre tract Perry would purchase. The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority’s action means Perry would obtain the post’s historic parade ground, officers’ quarters and a golf course for his planned movie and television production complex. The LRA would hold onto the remaining 144 acres, which follows the northern and eastern perimeters of the installation located on the southwest edge of Atlanta …

Patience to Pay off at Redevelopment of Concord NWS

  • December 9, 2014
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While initial prognostications of when the city of Concord would break ground on its redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California proved optimistic, the project is on the cusp of hitting several important milestones. After selecting four firms in June to vie to be become the master developer for the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan, the LRA is scheduled to recommend two finalists to the city council in January. Later in 2015, the city council will select a finalist. Next is a public review of the Navy’s final environmental impact statement, followed by the service’s transfer of the property …

Defense Bill Does Not Extend Environmental Protections to Non-BRAC Sites

  • December 8, 2014
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The leadership of the Armed Services committees negotiating the final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill removed a provision that would have offered the same liability protections that BRAC sites receive when unknown contamination is discovered to property at facilities closed outside of BRAC. The language, added as an amendment sponsored by Indiana Rep. Todd Young (R) to the House version of the annual policy measure, would have extended the indemnity now provided by section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to property not yet transferred at ammunition plants and other installations closed outside of the BRAC process …

Ft. McPherson-Tyler Perry Sale Reportedly in Trouble

  • December 7, 2014
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Filmmaker Tyler Perry is considering pulling out of a deal to purchase two-thirds of the former Fort McPherson due to the protracted nature of negotiations with the city of Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week. Perry agreed in August to purchase 330 acres of the 488-acre post on the southwest edge of Atlanta for a movie and television production complex, but now is favoring an expansion of his studio operations on property he acquired west of Atlanta, according to an individual familiar with the situation …

Lawmakers Forego Changes to HUBZone Program Benefitting BRAC Sites

  • December 4, 2014
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The final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill does not include a provision intended to make it easier for tenants located at closed installations to qualify for the HUBZone program, a Small Business Administration initiative offering preferential access to federal procurements to businesses in distressed areas. Language in the version passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee in May, added by Maine Sen. Angus King (I), would have expanded the geographic boundaries of HUBZones at BRAC sites to include the town or county where the installation is located, or census tracts contiguous to the installation …

David Larson, Longtime OEA Deputy, Retires

  • November 30, 2014
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David Larson, who oversaw thousands of funding awards to communities affected by closure, realignment and mission growth as the deputy director for programs for DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), retired from the Defense Department last month after serving at the agency for 23 years. Larson oversaw almost $3 billion in awards to local and state governments, helping defense communities to both prepare for and cope with BRAC actions, and to protect neighboring installations from incompatible growth. He managed support for the Defense Economic Adjustment Program and the Economic Adjustment Committee, a 22-agency effort to support communities responding to defense program changes …

City Names Developer for Alameda Point Town Center

  • November 23, 2014
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The Alameda City Council last week selected Alameda Point Partners to develop a 68-acre waterfront town center at Alameda Point, the former Naval Air Station Alameda located on San Francisco Bay. Alameda Point Partners is a partnership made up of six firms created specifically for the project and includes two Bay area firms — SRM Ernst and Thompson Dorfman Partners. The plan for the parcel calls for a town center, a mixed-use development with hundreds of homes, retail and open space …

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