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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Hill Staff Learn about LRA Challenges, Potential Legislative Solutions

  • November 13, 2013
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Two new pieces of legislation designed to aid the revitalization of closed military bases would help BRAC communities cope with a long-term decline in federal support for base redevelopment. At a Capitol Hill briefing Tuesday, hosted by the House Defense Communities Caucus, representatives from the offices of Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) discussed changes to two existing tools for fostering redevelopment — the New Markets Tax Credit and the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program — to benefit closure communities …

Army Inks Deal to Sell Connecticut Engine Plant

  • November 7, 2013
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The Army last week signed a deal to sell the 77-acre Stratford Army Engine Plant to a team of Connecticut developers, likely bringing to a close a 15-plus-year odyssey by the federal government to dispose of the plant located at the mouth of the Housatonic River. The sales agreement outlines the two parties’ responsibilities for cleaning up the heavily contaminated site, addressing the government’s most difficult hurdle in turning over the property …

Transit Access Bolsters Redevelopment at Concord

  • November 6, 2013
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Redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station is moving faster than legacy BRAC reuse projects in the San Francisco Bay area, including Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Naval Air Station Alameda, Mare Island Naval Shipyard and Treasure Island. “There is a potential that we will be able to accelerate our development faster than some of the other bases,” said Michael Wright, executive director of the Concord Reuse Authority …

At Groundbreaking, City Looks to Transform Oakland Army Base

  • November 5, 2013
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The city of Oakland formally broke ground last week on a $500 billion project to turn the former Oakland Army Base into a logistics and warehousing hub, a major stride toward replacing many of the jobs lost following the installation’s 1999 closure. The Global Trade and Logistics Center, located adjacent to San Francisco Bay, will add 1 million square feet of new warehouse space for the Port of Oakland in an effort to increase its competitiveness. The space will reduce the need to transport goods from the port to storage facilities across the city, as well as cut down on truck emissions …

D.C. Taps Hines-led Partnership to Oversee Walter Reed Reuse

  • November 5, 2013
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District of Columbia officials have tapped a team led by Houston-bases Hines International to convert the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center into a mixed-use campus featuring a town center. The Parks at Walter Reed plan proposed by Hines, along with Urban Atlantic and Triden Development, calls for 2,097 residential units, a mix of townhomes, duplexes and apartments, 250,000 square feet of retail and 20 acres of open space …

New Bill Would Offer Tax Credits for BRAC-Impacted Communities

  • October 31, 2013
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U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) has introduced the New Markets Tax Credit Military Installation Act of 2013 to authorize up to $100 million per year for distressed communities that have had military installations closed or realigned. This legislation, which Thompson introduced Wednesday…

Surrounding Communities Still Struggle 20 Years after Chanute Closure

  • October 30, 2013
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Despite initial setbacks in redeveloping the former Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul has witnessed incredible commercial business development in the past five years, but the closure continues to ripple through the surrounding communities…

Work Begins to Woo Seniors to Former Fort McClellan

  • October 29, 2013
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Construction of an assisted living facility on the grounds of the former Fort McClellan began on Thursday. According to the Anniston Star, a vacant building at McClellan will be renovated to house the facility. The facility will feature 60 beds and will have many amenities to draw seniors to the area, including a golf course, and an aquatic and fitness center…

Fort Monroe Plan Could Add Thousands of New Residents to Post

  • October 27, 2013
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The LRA responsible for revamping the former Fort Monroe on Thursday approved a new redevelopment plan for the historic post located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay, sending it to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) for final approval. The board of the Fort Monroe Authority expressed confidence that the plan would protect the historic qualities of the property while weaning the reuse effort off of taxpayer dollars …

$2M Federal Grant Helps Establish Manufacturing Accelerator at Brunswick

  • October 23, 2013
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A $2 million federal grant awarded to the LRA responsible for redeveloping the former Naval Air Station Brunswick and the regional workforce development board for Maine’s coastal counties will help establish an advanced manufacturing accelerator at Brunswick Landing. TechPlace will be an advanced office, shop, laboratory and workspace for high-tech research, development and manufacturing. When completed, TechPlace will provide an ideal location for the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority’s (MRRA) target industries — aerospace, aviation, composites/advanced materials, biotechnology and renewable energy …

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