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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Federal City Project Names New Master Developer

  • September 14, 2014
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The Federal City project on Friday selected a new team to spearhead redevelopment at the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans, a step local officials believe will jump start reuse efforts at the project located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Vista Louisiana LLC — composed of Manning Architects in New Orleans, Vista Trust, real estate manager Larry Starkman of Illinois and DeVere Construction in Michigan — would be responsible only for the 114 acres outside the 29-acre Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans …

Fort Chaffee LRA, National Guard Land Swap on Hold over Valuations

  • September 11, 2014
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A proposed property exchange between the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority and the Arkansas Army National Guard has been held up over a large disparity in property appraisals between the two parcels. Appraisals obtained by the LRA concluded that the tract it is offering the Guard for a new training center is worth $2 million more than the land it would receive in return, said Ivy Owen, the authority’s executive director. Owen sent the appraisals three months ago to the Army Corps of Engineers to review …

D.C. Hospital Looks to Obtain Piece of Walter Reed

  • September 10, 2014
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A Washington, D.C.–based pediatric hospital is hoping to obtain a parcel on the campus of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center for an institute devoted to biomedical research. A deal, however, has not yet been reached between the Children’s National Health System and the federal government. Language in the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill authorizes — but does not require — the Army to convey 13.2 acres to the Children’s system at no cost …

Brunswick Landing Holds Groundbreaking for Business Incubator

  • September 9, 2014
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Local officials held a ceremony at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick in Maine last week to mark the start of $1.5 million in renovations to turn a Navy maintenance facility into a shared manufacturing workspace for startups. So far five technology firms have said they are interested in moving to TechPlace when it opens at Brunswick Landing in December, reported the Bangor Daily News. “TechPlace provides a rare opportunity to join a community of creative innovators and bold entrepreneurs in a shared high-tech manufacturing workplace,” said Steve Levesque …

Pueblo Chemical Depot Marks Start of Weapons Destruction

  • September 8, 2014
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Officials at Pueblo Chemical Depot held a ceremony last week to mark the beginning of a five-year effort to destroy 780,000 mustard gas shells at the central Colorado facility. The ceremony follows several decades of planning and testing equipment to render the weapons harmless. The depot’s main plant began testing in 2010 to ensure the automated system that relies on robots works properly, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. “For more than 25 years, the citizens of Pueblo have waited for the day when we could say the chemical weapons at the depot are being destroyed,” said Irene Kornelly, who heads the depot’s citizen’s advisory committee. The depot is scheduled to begin destroying its stockpile, which represents most of the nation’s remaining chemical weapons, in the fall and finish in 2019. The $3.5 billion destruction program employs nearly 1,000 workers.

New Board for South Weymouth Project Faces Heavy Workload

  • September 7, 2014
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The new board created by legislation intended to overhaul the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth will have a full plate when it holds its first meeting in two weeks. The major challenges facing the newly formed SouthField Redevelopment Authority — which is replacing the long-standing LRA, the South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp. and its five-member board — include implementing a new budget, setting a tax rate and overcoming a steep learning curve on a project that has fallen behind schedule and failed to attract interest from commercial developers …

Tests Reveal Toxic Vapor in Homes outside Ft. Gillem

  • September 7, 2014
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Tests conducted this summer by the Army found toxic vapor in more than two dozen homes near the former Fort Gillem located outside of Atlanta, most likely caused by groundwater contaminants that seeped off the base. The Army and residents previously had been aware of underground plumes of volatile organic compounds that migrated from landfills and dump sites off the post, but the presence of airborne contaminants at levels high enough to pose a danger to humans is a troubling discovery, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday …

Business Activity Lags Residential Program at Fort Monroe

  • September 2, 2014
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Former Army residences at Fort Monroe have proved popular as 95 percent of homes and apartments at the property are leased, but the LRA’s fortunes have been less successful at filling the historic post’s office and commercial space. About 1.1 million square feet of commercial space exists at the installation located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay, but only 22 companies and organizations are tenants, reported the Daily Press. The primary difficulty the authority faces is the need for major renovations on many of the buildings at Fort Monroe …

Master Developer Competition for Willow Grove Narrows to Four Teams

  • September 2, 2014
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One of five teams vying vie to become the master developer for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove withdrew its bid and, instead, has joined forces with one of the four remaining competitors. Toll Brothers, which is headquartered in the same town as the installation — Horsham, Pa. — now is part of the team led by Miami-based Lennar Corp., reported the Philadelphia Business Journal. The teams submitted their proposals to spearhead redevelopment of the 862-acre site located north of Philadelphia to the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority last month …

Kroger Groundbreaking Marks Start of New Life for Ft. Gillem

  • September 1, 2014
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State and local officials are pointing to last month’s groundbreaking ceremony at the former Fort Gillem for a 1 million-square-foot distribution center for Kroger as the first step in converting the Atlanta-area post into a major logistics hub for the region. “It is good to see this property being able to be used for other purposes, and I know that many of you have waited for this first breakthrough event, and I believe it is just that,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) said at the Aug. 19 event, reported WABE. “It is the beginning of what hopefully are many other opportunities for development will follow …

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