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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Rantoul’s Recovery Rests on Revitalizing Chanute AFB

  • October 2, 2013
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The closure of Chanute Air Force Base 20 years ago devastated the central Illinois community of Rantoul, resulting in a long-term economic decline that the village is still trying to climb out of. Two decades later, Rantoul still suffers from poverty, a struggling business community, a poor housing market and underused infrastructure, reports the Rantoul Press. But, while local officials acknowledge the community’s slow recovery from Chanute’s closure, they also point to early signs of a turnaround, an effort which will rely on revitalizing the former installation …

Former Ohio Defense Facility Poised for Growth

  • October 1, 2013
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A major tenant at Kettering Business Park, the reuse project at the former Defense Electronics Supply Center outside of Dayton, Ohio, may be bringing new jobs to the development to support manufacturing operations for Airbus. The aviation hub for the international aircraft manufacturer could move into a vacant, 200,000-square-foot building and potentially require new space to be built, said Lisa Novelli, president of the National Composite Center …

Navy Expected to Hand over East Bank Site in New Orleans Shortly

  • September 25, 2013
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Two years after the Navy shuttered the east bank portion of Naval Support Activity New Orleans, local officials say the city is on the verge of gaining control of the 25-acre site. The two parties are in the “final stages” of negotiations over transfer of the site in Bywater, said Cedric Grant, deputy mayor of New Orleans. The Navy would hand it over at no cost …

German Industry, Municipalities Making Plans for Closed Bases

  • September 25, 2013
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A massive transfer of military properties in Germany is getting under way as the facilities used by that nation’s military, as well as that of Britain and the United States, are turned over. Those nation’s armed forces are scheduled to vacate 143 square miles over the next five years, creating opportunities for manufacturers of cars and solar panels, homebuilders and other uses, reports Bloomberg News. Daimler AG is in talks to purchase a 1,236-acre complex in the Black Forest to build a testing ground for luxury automobiles. BMW plans to build its own R&D center at a former barracks in Munich. Munich has bought bases that it plans to turn into residential neighborhoods, taking advantage of the right of German cities to acquire properties before they’re put on the market. A former U.S. Army complex in Heidelberg will be converted into student housing, according to the story.

Federal Government to Judge Competing Visions for Moffett Field

  • September 22, 2013
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Four groups have indicated they may offer proposals to restore historic Hangar One at Moffett Field in northern California and possibly continue use of the airfield there. Earlier this year, the General Services Administration in conjunction with NASA sought proposals to use the airfield and three massive hangars, with the major hurdle being the $30 million-plus cost to restore Hangar One …

Willow Grove Redevelopment Slowed after Navy Delays Impact Study

  • September 18, 2013
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove may be forced to push back its target for submitting its economic development conveyance (EDC) application after the Navy acknowledged the environmental impact statement (EIS) it is preparing for the installation’s disposal has been delayed. The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority had been planning to submit the application to the Navy to obtain the property’s 862 acres by the end of the calendar year but now it may not be ready until early in 2014 …

Redevelopment Forum to Take Close Look at Keys to Achieving Sustainable Development

  • September 18, 2013
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Successful redevelopment projects, whether on a former military base or a large urban infill project, rely on a careful balancing of a variety of possible alternatives, including upgrading infrastructure, leasing existing facilities, new development, historic preservation and maintaining open space. Allocate your effort and resources effectively and you may achieve the ultimate goal — sustainable growth …

Plans Advance to Turn Ft. Monroe into Monument, Commercial Property

  • September 16, 2013
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Twin planning efforts to turn the former Fort Monroe into a unit of the National Park Service and a mixed-use campus are expected to come to fruition shortly. Next week, the Fort Monroe Authority’s planning advisory group will review a draft master plan for the historic post located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The document will outline a plan to preserve the property’s character, chronicle the site’s history and help make its operation economically sustainable …

The Secret to Building Community Support for Redevelopment Projects

  • September 10, 2013
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With community support a critical prerequisite for any successful large-scale redevelopment project, LRA directors and master developers can find themselves committing much of their day to dealing with local officials and other stakeholders. The challenge is managing your relationship with officials and other members of the community in the most effective way that still allows you to pay attention to the other important aspects of your project …

First Homes under Way at Hunters Point

  • September 9, 2013
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More than two months after the former Hunters Point Shipyard hosted a historic groundbreaking, construction of 88 new homes on an initial 25-acre site in the southeast corner of San Francisco is moving ahead. “There’s nothing legal hanging over the project and it’s fully entitled, so now it’s full steam ahead,” said Wells Lawson, the city’s project manager …

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