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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

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 …

Ceremony Signals Property Transfer Coming Shortly to Ft. Gillem

  • May 4, 2014
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The city of Forest Park, Ga., and the Army held a ceremony Friday to mark the transfer of much of the land at the former Fort Gillem. The ceremony was only symbolic, however, as the city and the Army still need to complete the paperwork making the conveyance official, reported the Clayton News Daily. “It’ll be a matter of weeks, not months” said Fred Bryant, executive director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, who has been working for the city to secure the land since 2006 …

Alameda Moves Ahead with Redevelopment of Navy Base

  • May 4, 2014
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Alameda officials last week decided to sidestep the city’s ban on multi-unit housing and seek proposals to develop two parcels on San Francisco Bay totaling 150 acres at Alameda Point, the reuse project at the former Naval Air Station Alameda. The decision represents a significant milestone in the redevelopment of the air station that has seen two master developers drop their plans for the project since it closed in 1997 …

Army to Finish BRAC Property Transfers by 2021, Hammack Says

  • April 27, 2014
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The Army plans to complete the transfer of excess property at closed installations by 2021, according to a recent blog post by Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment.
The Army has about 73,000 acres remaining from prior BRAC rounds. That represents 25 percent of the service’s total acreage disposal requirement of 297,000 acres. “Placing this property into productive reuse helps communities rebuild the local tax base, generate revenue, and, most importantly, replace lost jobs …

10 Firms Vie to Become Master Developer for NAS Willow Grove

  • April 22, 2014
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Ten developers have responded to the request for qualifications from the LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Pa., allowing the authority to stay on track to reach agreement with a master developer by the end of the calendar year. At the board meeting last week of the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority, Executive Director Mike McGee said he was pleased by the healthy response as well as by the candidates’ conclusion that the redevelopment plan for the 862-acre site located outside of Philadelphia was viable …

Atlanta Expects to Obtain Ft. McPherson This Summer

  • April 21, 2014
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The city of Atlanta should complete its acquisition of the former Fort McPherson from the Army by the end of July, Mayor Kasim Reed told reporters last week. Reed mentioned the closed Army post as a potential site for much-needed affordable housing, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There’s good news because the city has, through a number of mechanisms, a substantial inventory of real estate,” said Reed, who cited the current site of Turner Field as another parcel that could be used for affordable housing after the Atlanta Braves baseball team moves …

City Creates New Authority to Carry out Ft. Gillem Reuse

  • April 20, 2014
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The Forest Park, Ga., city council last week approved the creation of an Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to oversee the reuse of 778 acres at the former Fort Gillem. The new authority will replace the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Implementation Local Redevelopment Authority, which is expected to disband shortly and transfer its work to the URA, reported the Clayton News Daily. The URA also will adopt the city’s urban redevelopment plan. “That now gives you the authorities that you need to have as the Urban Redevelopment Authority to start taking action and doing things on behalf of the city,” authority Executive Director Fred Bryant told URA board members. Officials are preparing to close on the Fort Gillem property in the coming weeks, and plan to hold a ceremony May 2.

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