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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

OEA Offering Planning Support to Communities, States Affected by DOD Cutbacks

  • June 18, 2013
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Communities and states affected by significant cutbacks in DOD spending, including impacts caused by reduced operations at contractor-operated defense facilities, can apply for community planning assistance from the Office of Economic Adjustment to help them respond. Eligible impacts, according to the June 17 Federal Register notice, include: a publicly announced planned major reduction in DOD spending; the closure or significantly reduced operations of a defense facility as the result of the merger, acquisition or consolidation of the defense contractor operating the defense facility; the cancellation or termination of a DOD contract; or the failure to proceed with an approved major weapon system program …

Milcon Funding Approved by Senate Panel Exceeds House Recommendation

  • June 18, 2013
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The Senate Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee approved a fiscal 2014 spending measure on Tuesday that would provide $10.7 billion for military construction programs, a figure that falls between the Pentagon’s budget request and the recommendation passed by the House earlier this month. The panel approved the bill following a nine-minute markup that was notable primarily for protests from Republican members over the topline spending level Senate Democrats are planning to use as the basis for the 12 annual spending bills …

‘State of Base Redevelopment Report’ Provides National Snapshot

  • June 17, 2013
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Military base redevelopment projects represent a significant untapped resource for job creation and have a much more difficult time obtaining federal economic development support than they did 10 years ago, with the DOD Office of Economic Adjustment almost the sole resource for federal support Those are among the findings of the June 2013 edition of ADC’s State of Base Redevelopment Report, released last week at the Defense Communities National Summit and at a briefing on Capitol Hill for congressional staff, hosted by the House Defense Communities Caucus…

Air Force Returns Onizuka AFS to Local, Federal Users

  • June 12, 2013
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The Air Force has finished the disposal of the former Onizuka Air Force Station in northern California, transferring a total of 19 acres to the city of Sunnyvale, a community college and the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center announced last week. The VA obtained facilities on a 4.4-acre tract it plans to use for a research laboratory. The agency paid the Air Force $6.5 million. Foothill-De Anza Community College plans to build a regional education facility on a 9.2-acre site it received through a public benefit conveyance sponsored by the Education Department …

LRA Positions Chemical Depot Site, Indiana Community for Successful Recovery

  • June 11, 2013
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Reuse efforts at the former Newport Chemical Depot are well underway despite the three-year wait planning officials in west central Indiana were forced to endure until the destruction of the nerve agent VX stored there was completed in 2008. DOD did not give the community the green light to start planning for the facility’s redevelopment until later that year, but since then the local redevelopment authority has moved quickly to recover from the loss of 690 jobs and $40 million in annual purchasing after the facility closed …

LRA Readies for Transfer of Property at Umatilla Chemical Depot

  • June 9, 2013
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Transfer of 9,462 acres at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot in northern Oregon could take place next year and, in the meantime, the Umatilla Army Depot Reuse Authority is working on transforming itself into an implementation LRA. The parcel most likely will be transferred via a no-cost economic development conveyance, Don Chance, the LRA’s project manager told the East Oregonian. About 3,000 acres would be used for industrial development …

BRIC Bill Would Extend BRAC Environmental Protections to Other Closed Bases

  • June 9, 2013
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Former ammunition plants and other military installations closed outside of the BRAC process would receive the same liability protections as BRAC sites when unknown contamination is discovered, under legislation introduced last week by Indiana Rep. Todd Young. The Base Redevelopment and Indemnification Correct (BRIC) Act, H.R. 2258, would extend liability protections provided to developers of BRAC installations to all DOD facilities closed after Oct. 24, 1988. The provision would extend the indemnity now provided by Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to bases closed outside of the BRAC process …

Defense Bill Language Could Ease Return of Ft. Monroe Parcel

  • June 6, 2013
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The Fort Monroe Authority may not need to negotiate with the Army over the purchase price for a 70-acre parcel at the historic post not included in the acreage already reverting to the commonwealth of Virginia. A provision in the House version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill directs the Army to convey the tract as close in time as possible to the transfer of 372 acres of the post already slated to return to the commonwealth …

Senator Lent a Hand to Reuse of Kansas Ammunition Plant

  • June 4, 2013
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Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) waged a seven-year battle with the Army and the Environmental Protection Agency to overcome separate roadblocks to the effort by the Great Plains Development Authority to recover from the closure of the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant following the 2005 round of BRAC. Without the third-term senator’s tenacity in pressing top federal officials to move the authority’s application for an economic development conveyance ahead, the LRA’s seven-year saga to obtain more than half of the property for redevelopment may never have ended …

Air Force Loses Installations Veteran Robert Moore

  • June 4, 2013
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Robert Moore, director of the Installations Directorate at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center in San Antonio, passed away June 3 at his home, the agency reported. Moore served as the director of the Air Force Real Property Agency from 2008 until Oct. 1, 2012, when it merged into AFCEC. He spent more than half of his 30-year career at Headquarters Tactical Air Command, which later became Air Combat Command, at Langley AFB, Va., before performing Air Force-level civil engineering work at the Pentagon from 2000-2008 …

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