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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

BRAC Round Would Allow DOD to Downsize Civilian Workforce, Official Says

  • February 26, 2014
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The Defense Department has trimmed its civilian and contractor workforce as part an initiative to streamline its headquarters, but a significant reduction in the number of its civilian workers will require a new round of base closures, Acting Deputy Secretary Christine Fox said Tuesday. This year officials cut operating costs by 20 percent at headquarters offices across all services, agencies and combatant commands, saving about $5 billion. Much of the civilian workforce is employed outside Washington at installations, depots and shipyards, though, Fox said …

Pentagon Spending Plan Quickly Generates Capitol Hill Opposition

  • February 25, 2014
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Republican lawmakers largely denounced the cuts in force structure and changes in military benefits outlined Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, while Democrats mainly questioned some of the proposals in DOD’s five-year spending plan. “We are going to kill it, not let it happen,” vowed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “I just think it is taking the Army down to a level where you restrain your ability to fight the war that comes your way. The best way to fight a war is deterrence, and I think readiness at the number you are talking about, I just don’t think [the Army] is equipped for the threats you face …

Medical College at Chaffee Crossing Would Bring Huge Investment to Region

  • February 25, 2014
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The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority last week agreed to donate 200 acres of land on the former Army post for a school of osteopathic medicine, a project that is expected to significantly boost the economy of the region surrounding Fort Smith, Ark. As part of the deal, the board of the Fort Smith Regional Healthcare Foundation committed $58 million to build the school and anticipates additional funding from other sources. “We are very excited to be a part of the plans to build this osteopathic medical university,” said Ivy Owen, the LRA’s executive director, reported the City Wire. “Their plans dovetail nicely with our plans for this area. The wooded, open space, walkable-style campus is exactly what we want for Chaffee Crossing.” The new college would be one of only 31 colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States.

Google Tapped to Restore Hangar at Moffett Field

  • February 11, 2014
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NASA and the General Services Administration this week selected Google to restore historic Hangar One at Moffett Field in northern California as well as operate the airfield’s two runways, a large dose of good news for local preservationists eager to see the 200-foot-tall structure built after World War I to house Navy dirigibles protected. The federal government now will negotiate a long-term lease with Google affiliate Planetary Ventures, which has agreed to re-skin the hangar 18 months after reaching a final deal. The hangar’s frame has been uncovered since the Navy removed its skin as part of a cleanup effort …

Walter Reed Reuse Plan Advances past HUD Review

  • February 3, 2014
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The District of Columbia’s redevelopment plan for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center complies with the homeless assistance requirements called for under the BRAC reuse process, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determined last month, clearing the way for the city to negotiate the property’s transfer from the Army. “We are now one step closer to executing the vision for this site that has been formulated by the community over many years,” Mayor Vincent Gray said in a written statement. The city is negotiating an economic development conveyance with the Army and aims to gain control of the 67-acre tract in northwest Washington by the second quarter of 2015 …

EPA Removes Much of MCAS El Toro from Superfund List

  • January 28, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed more than 1,900 acres at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro from the federal Superfund list, a move that should provide a boost to efforts by the city of Irvine and FivePoint Communities to transform the Southern California base into the Orange County Great Park and thousands of homes. The decision comes after the Navy and local water agencies spent $165 million on soil removal and groundwater treatment to clean up contamination left over from aircraft maintenance and repair, reported the Los Angeles Times. As a consequence, only 600 acres at the 4,700-acre air base remain on the list of the nation’s most hazardous sites …

Forest City Drops out of Ft. McPherson Reuse Project

  • January 27, 2014
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Forest City Enterprises severed ties with the effort to convert the former Fort McPherson in southwestern Atlanta into a mixed-use, walkable community, the company said last week. The departure of Cleveland-based Forest City still leaves two local firms involved with the redevelopment of the 486-acre site — Cousins Properties and Integral Group. “We’re local. We’re not going anywhere,” said Larry Gellerstedt, chief executive of Cousins Properties …

Pease AFB Redevelopment Nears Completion

  • January 22, 2014
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The Pease Development Authority is approaching a major milestone as officials have revealed that only 60 acres remain available for development at the former Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, N.H. Since the base was shuttered in 1991, over 250 companies and about 7,800 workers have made Pease International Tradeport home. “The Air Force base contributed about $100 million to the local economy each year,” said David Mullen, executive director of the Pease Development Authority. “We contribute about five times that now …

Air Force Turns over Last Parcel at Griffiss AFB

  • January 22, 2014
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The Air Force on Tuesday transferred the last available piece of federally-owned land at the former Griffiss AFB to the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency, marking a significant milestone in the conversion of the central New York state installation into a thriving business park. ‘This achievement is a major step in completing the redevelopment of the Griffiss Business and Technology Park,” said Michael McDermott, BRAC environmental coordinator for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center …

Willow Grove LRA Prepares to Negotiate with Navy over Property Transfer

  • January 17, 2014
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove approved its economic development conveyance application Wednesday, marking the first step in the process to obtain 862 acres at the base from the Navy. Next up will be negotiations between the two parties over the value of the property and other terms.The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority could obtain the first parcel at the air base before the end of the calendar year …

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