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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Army Should Issue Guidance on Facility Maintenance for Closed Bases, GAO Says

  • May 15, 2013
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In many instances following the closure of an Army installation during BRAC 2005, facilities were not maintained adequately to support reuse, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Community officials told the agency that the Army did not always maintain the facilities to their expectations, resulting in facility deterioration …

Bill in California Senate Would Help County Redevelop Castle AFB

  • May 14, 2013
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Merced County would have an easier time selling parcels at the former Castle Air Force Base, under legislation making its way to the floor of the California Senate. The elimination of redevelopment agencies in California in 2011 has prevented the county from directly selling parcels at the site, located about 100 miles east of San Jose, to interested companies. Without that authority, the county now is forced to hold a public auction, a process which can discourage firms from moving to the site …

GSA Sells Twin Cities Ammo Plant Parcel to County

  • May 12, 2013
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The General Services Administration sold and transferred a 427-acre portion of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant to Ramsey County, Minn., last week for $28 million. The deal transfers ownership of 397 acres to the county immediately, while the remaining 30 acres will be transferred after it conducts environmental remediation, which is expected to take approximately three years. Remediation and building demolition at the site currently is under way through a contract executed by the county …

Devens Bounces Back from Past Setbacks

  • May 9, 2013
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The beat goes on at Devens, with three major projects underway at the former Fort Devens, located 35 miles west of downtown Boston, following two major setbacks since 2011. Evergreen Solar’s decision to shut down its facility for manufacturing solar panels two years ago was partially offset after French conglomerate Saint-Gobain leased more than half of the plant last July, reported the Boston Business Journal. Also last year, two of the reuse project’s three host towns scuttled plans to convert Vicksburg Square, a former Army housing complex, into affordable housing for seniors and veterans …

Emphasis on Innovation, Site Completion Speeds Air Force Cleanups

  • May 9, 2013
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A change in its preferred contracting method along with a shift in its goals for remediation projects at active and BRAC installations has proved a real boon for the Air Force, helping it complete cleanups quicker and rack up taxpayer savings. In early 2011, then-Assistant Secretary Terry Yonkers implemented a new policy calling for the service to shift its objective from achieving remedy-in-place to closing sites …

Vieques Has Not Experienced Rebirth 10 Years after Bombing Range Closed

  • May 6, 2013
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Ten years after the Navy departed Vieques, the small Puerto Rican island still has not realized its hope of improving its economic fortunes. One key challenge, clearing the island’s bombing range of munitions, is expected to require at least 12 more years with a total expected cost of $350 million, reports Stars and Stripes. “The Navy considers Vieques to be its highest priority in the munitions cleanup program,” said the Navy’s Dan Waddill. “Vieques gets by far the most effort and the highest amount of funding …

DLA’s Departure Could Result in Closure of Northern California Depot

  • May 1, 2013
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The Defense Logistics Agency’s decision to move its operations from a depot located 60 miles east of Oakland could result in the closure of the 724-acre Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin – Sharpe. The agency plans to relinquish its permit to use the site in Lathrop, Calif., to the Army; the facility formerly had been known as the Sharpe Army Depot. DLA intends to shift its operations at the Sharpe site to nearby Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin – Tracy and possibly other agency facilities …

Air Force Merges BRAC Programs into Single Directorate

  • April 30, 2013
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The Air Force has merged all staff working on BRAC missions, including environmental and real property pre-transfer operations, under one directorate within the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, officials announced Tuesday. Effective April 22, 45 staff, including civilian and support contractors, transitioned into the Installation Directorate’s BRAC Program Management Division led by Stephen TerMaath. The move follows last October’s creation of the civil engineer center …

City Taps Five Big Name Firms to Vie for Walter Reed Reuse

  • April 30, 2013
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The District of Columbia has selected five prominent development teams to compete to become the master developer for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Upper Northwest Washington. Officials had received responses to its request for qualifications from a total of nine firms, the city announced in March. The short-listed candidates will be asked to respond to a request for proposals issued later this month …

Developer to Purchase Former Navy Hotel, Housing at Brunswick NAS

  • April 28, 2013
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A local developer plans to lease the hotel and bachelor housing at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, to the Navy to house sailors assigned to nearby Bath Iron Works. George Schott has agreed to purchase the 248-room hotel and 190 bachelor apartments for $6 million, Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, told the Bangor Daily News. Scott previously purchased about 700 units of former housing at the air station, now renamed Brunswick Landing. The LRA initially hoped the former Navy hotel could continue to be operated as a hotel, but a feasibility study concluded the community could not support it. “The fact that [Schott] is going to use [the housing] for what it was initially designed for — to support sailors — is fine with us,” Levesque said.

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