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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

House Passes Amendment to Extend Environmental Protections to Non-BRAC Sites

  • May 29, 2014
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Land not yet transferred at former ammunition plants and other military installations closed outside of the BRAC process would receive the same liability protections as BRAC sites when unknown contamination is discovered, under an amendment to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill passed by the House last week. The amendment, sponsored by Indiana Rep. Todd Young (R), would extend the indemnity now provided by Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to property not yet transferred at bases closed outside of the BRAC process …

Willow Grove LRA Selects Five Firms for Master Developer Competition

  • May 27, 2014
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove last week selected five firms to vie to become the master developer of the 862-acre site located north of Philadelphia. A total of 11 firms responded to the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority’s request for qualifications. The five finalists, which will have until Aug. 4 to respond to a request for proposals, are: Catellus Development Corp., Oakland, Calif.; Hankin Group, Exton, Pa.; a team composed of K. Hovnanian, Edison, N.J., Basser-Kaufman, Woodmere, N.Y., Oxford Properties Group of Canada and Korman Communities, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; Lennar Corp., Miami; and Toll Brothers, Horsham, Pa. …

Senate Bill Would Aid BRAC Recovery through Changes to HUBZone Program

  • May 26, 2014
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A provision in the Senate version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill would 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. The language, added by Maine Sen. Angus King (I), would expand 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 …

Thompson Backed Recovery at Mare Island, Other BRAC Sites

  • May 20, 2014
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During his eight terms, California Rep. Mike Thompson has been an ardent advocate for the city of Vallejo’s effort to redevelop the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard as well as for base redevelopment communities across the nation. Last October, Thompson introduced legislation designed to attract tens of millions of dollars in private sector investment to communities attempting to recover from a base closure. The measure Thompson sponsored as a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee would have expanded the New Markets Tax Credit program by up to $100 million a year for communities that suffered a base closure or realignment …

Subcommittee’s Recommendation Exceeds Request by $110M for BRAC Cleanup

  • May 20, 2014
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Funding to clean up installations closed in past BRAC rounds would receive $380 million under the draft fiscal 2015 spending bill approved Tuesday by the Senate Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. The recommendation exceeds DOD’s budget request by $110 million but still would represent a $71 million decline from current year funding. The spending bill approved last month by the House matched the administration’s request for $270 million for legacy BRAC sites …

Planning, Innovation Pave Way for Riverbank to Turn Ammo Plant into ‘Green’ Business Park

  • May 15, 2014
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Suffering from one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates at the time the Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant closed in 2010, the city of Riverbank, Calif., could not afford any further economic setbacks as it began to carry out the redevelopment plan which called for retaining the site’s light industrial focus with a “green” twist. Four short years later, the mixed-use business park located in the heart of California’s Central Valley has quadrupled its number of tenants, and now is home to 36 companies employing 300 people with an additional 75 workers anticipated to be hired later this year. The Riverbank Industrial Complex generates a $31 million local economic impact, almost four times its annual economic contribution prior to closure …

Housing Developer Files Suit over Groundwater Contamination at Ft. Detrick

  • May 12, 2014
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A firm planning to build housing on a 92-acre site outside of Fort Detrick last week filed a lawsuit against the federal government alleging that high levels of trichloroethylene in the groundwater stemming from the Army’s negligent disposal practices dating to the 1950s have prevented it from building 732 homes in Frederick, Md. The lawsuit filed by McLean, Va.-based Waverly View Investors in U.S. District Court in Baltimore seeks more than $37 million to compensate it for the value of the land, development costs and lost profits, reported the Baltimore Sun. The company says the groundwater has TCE levels up to 42 times the federal maximum …

Army to Test for Hazardous Vapors outside Ft. Gillem

  • May 11, 2014
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The Army shortly will begin a vapor intrusion study outside Fort Gillem’s northern and southern borders to determine whether vapors generated by groundwater contaminants have seeped into nearby homes. The tests are being conducted at the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in conjunction with the Army’s planned transfer of the post, located outside of Atlanta, reported the Clayton News Daily. “What we’re trying to do is make sure there are no health risks with the groundwater contamination coming off of the installation,” Owen Nuttall, the Army’s site manager and environmental coordinator for the post, said last week. Officials previously confirmed the groundwater beneath the neighborhoods north and south of Gillem became contaminated from landfills on the post. Samples will be taken during the summer and winter with a small canister that will be placed on residential properties for three days.

Legislature Approves Taxing District for Stratford Engine Plant Reuse

  • May 9, 2014
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The Connecticut General Assembly has passed legislation creating a special taxing district around the former Stratford Army Engine Plant, boosting the effort to transform the site into a mixed-use redevelopment. The measure, passed Wednesday in the Senate and last week in the House, would make it easier for developers to issue bonds to fund infrastructure upgrades, including roads, water and sewer lines, and sidewalks, reports the Connecticut Post. The taxing district would have the power to set and collect taxes to pay for the improvements …

City Eager to Move Ahead with Redevelopment Decades after Nebraska Depot’s Closure

  • May 6, 2014
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Officials in Sidney, located in Nebraska’s Panhandle, plan to rely on tax increment financing to redevelop the former Sioux Army Depot, more than 40 years after it closed. The city’s plans were spurred by a new law, LB66, allowing cities to take advantage of tax increment financing for blighted military installations outside of city limits. Sidney will become the first city to take advantage of the new statute …

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