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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Workers Demolish ‘Blue Cube’ at Onizuka AFS

  • April 17, 2014
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Crews working at the former Onizuka Air Force Station this week began demolishing the iconic building that once housed the Air Force’s operations center for reconnaissance satellites and space missions, known as the “Blue Cube,” in the latest phase of the effort to clear the 19-acre site in Sunnyvale, Calif., for redevelopment. Demolition of the Blue Cube should be complete next week but the distinctive Silicon Valley landmark will not totally fade away …

Bruce Miller to Retire from Port San Antonio

  • April 17, 2014
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Bruce Miller, who has served for the past 12 years as the president and CEO of Port San Antonio, has announced plans to retire at the end of September. Shortly after Kelly Air Force Base formally closed in 2001, Miller joined Port San Antonio and began to transform the 1,900-acre site into a seamless part of San Antonio. Under his watch, Port San Antonio has become one of South Texas’ leading economic engines, with a focus on aerospace, government/military and logistics …

Brunswick Landing Helps Fuel Growth in Aviation Services in Maine

  • April 16, 2014
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The effort to convert Brunswick Landing into a high-tech business campus focusing on aviation, renewable energy, advanced composites and education already is playing a key role in encouraging growth in Maine’s aviation services industry. The former Brunswick Naval Air Station has provided the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) with valuable assets to market itself — two 8,000-foot runways and 500,000 square feet of hangar space …

Air Force Has Few Options In Light of Capitol Hill Opposition to BRAC

  • April 14, 2014
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Despite serious problems created by declining budgets, Congress remains adamantly opposed to a new round of base closure, leaving the Air Force with few options for cutting costs associated with installations. “The department is facing a serious problem created by the tension of declining budgets, reductions in force structure and limited flexibility to adapt our infrastructure accordingly,” said John Conger…

BRAC Property Disposal Advances, Navy Says

  • April 9, 2014
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Using a variety of conveyance mechanisms, the Navy has disposed of 93 percent of its excess property identified in prior BRAC rounds, with less than 14,000 acres remaining, the service’s top installations official told lawmakers last week. In the testimony he submitted to the Senate Armed Services Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, cited several milestones the Navy achieved last year: May 2013 — the Navy conveyed 1,917 acres at the former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads to the commonwealth of Puerto Rico LRA via an economic development conveyance …

Cleanup of Legacy BRAC Sites Going Too Slowly, Lawmakers Say

  • April 9, 2014
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Prompted by concern over the pace of the cleanup of installations closed during the first four BRAC rounds, the House Appropriations Committee directs DOD to submit a plan to expedite and expand cleanup activities at legacy BRAC sites, according to report language accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The plan, which would be due 90 days after the spending bill is enacted, also should explain how the department “will fully utilize the funds previously appropriated …

Aerotropolis Alliance to Boost Two Atlanta-Area Reuse Projects

  • April 7, 2014
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Two base redevelopment projects near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will receive an economic lift from a new coalition among business, government and education groups seeking to spur growth around the airport. The Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance, a new initiative announced last month by the Atlanta Regional Commission, aims to attract business around Hartsfield, a zone encompassing both the former Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem. “An aerotropolis is a community that grows up around an airport with the airport being the economic heart of that community …

Officials Seek Special Tax District for Connecticut Engine Plant Site

  • March 31, 2014
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The Connecticut Legislature is taking up a measure that would create a special taxing district for the former Stratford Army Engine Plant, a key step to obtaining financing for public infrastructure needed to support the property’s redevelopment. Last month, the Legislature’s Planning and Development Committee approved the bill, HB 5368, after local and state officials voiced their support during a hearing, reported the Stratford Star. The legislation would benefit the mixed-used project envisioned for the site, located at the mouth of the Housatonic River …

Air Force Hits Goal for Awarding Performance-Based Cleanup Contracts at BRAC Sites

  • March 30, 2014
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The Air Force Civil Engineer Center has met its initial target for awarding performance-based contracts to clean up BRAC sites, after awarding a $42.6 million contract to accelerate remediation at the former Galena Forward Operating Location in Alaska. AFCEC’s goal was to have 95 percent of all BRAC sites under a performance-based remediation (PBR) contract by the end of 2014. Galena, located in west central Alaska, is the service’s 24th and final BRAC installation covered under a PBR contract. In total, the agency has awarded nearly $360 million in PBR contracts, encompassing 626 sites across 29 former bases …

Army to Transfer Large Parcel to Ft. Gillem LRA Shortly

  • March 30, 2014
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The Forest Park/Fort Gillem LRA is preparing to take possession of 778 acres at the former post located outside of Atlanta as early as May 2. The authority is planning to hold a ceremony for the closing on that date and has invited Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, reported the Clayton Daily News. The Army could convey more property to the LRA before the end of the year. The Army is planning to transfer a parcel that still is contaminated under an early transfer …

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