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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Ft. Monmouth LRA Accelerates Sale of Housing Parcel

  • December 16, 2012
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The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority is selling two residential parcels that could be used for permanent housing by residents who lost their homes in Hurricane Sandy and no longer want to live in a floodplain. Local officials believe the former Army post in coastal New Jersey, which did not experience flooding in the October storm, may be attractive to homeowners who don’t want to pay higher insurance rates or live in an area that is vulnerable to flooding …

Settlement Reached in Litigation over Schilling AFB Cleanup

  • December 13, 2012
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The city of Salina, Kan., and other local entities said on Thursday they will vote on a consent decree with the federal government settling their claims associated with the cleanup of the former Schilling Air Force Base. The settlement, which stems from mediation ordered by U.S. District Court, provides for the first steps toward a comprehensive cleanup of the property. According to the consent decree, the U.S. government will pay 90 percent of the cost, $8.4 million, and the Salina entities will pay 10 percent, $936,300 …

Chinese Bank Agrees to $1.7B Loan for San Francisco Reuse Projects

  • December 11, 2012
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Lennar Corp. has gained approval from the state-supported China Development Bank for a $1.7 billion loan to jump start construction of neighborhoods at two of the developer’s high-profile base redevelopment projects in San Francisco, Treasure Island and Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. The deal is not complete, but both sides are trying to finish it by the end of the year to avoid the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which will require foreign investors to enter into disclosure compliance agreements with the Treasury Department …

Tenants Get the Boot at Oakland Army Base

  • December 9, 2012
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The Oakland Film Center and seven other major tenants, along with dozens of smaller firms and contractors, will be forced to vacate the former Oakland Army Base next spring to make way for the site’s redevelopment into a shipping and distribution facility. The city will lose $242 million in state funds if redevelopment does not begin by December 2013, reported the Oakland Local blog. Turning the site into a distribution facility will increase the capacity of the Port of Oakland and improve its ability to move cargo. The first phase of redevelopment, approved in June, is projected to cost $484 million.

Amendment Would Allow Some Older BRAC Sites to Retain HUBZone Status

  • December 5, 2012
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Among the 145 amendments the Senate passed during debate over the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill is one that would extend the period during which certain base closure sites can be designated as HUBZones, a status conferring preferential access to federal procurements for qualified small businesses. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown sponsored the provision to benefit the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, the central Ohio site of the former Newark Air Force Base …

Community College Coming to Former Onizuka AFS

  • December 4, 2012
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The Foothill-De Anza Community College District last week took a major step toward opening a new campus at the former Onizuka Air Force Station in northern California after selecting a general contractor for a planned $25 million education center. The district plans to acquire 9.2 acres of Onizuka at no cost for the multi-story structure slated to house classrooms, conference rooms, offices and food services. Construction is scheduled to take about three years, reported School Construction News. The Air Force station, located in Sunnyvale, closed following the last round of base closures. The city is the designated local redevelopment authority and is working with the Veterans Affairs Department to develop the remainder of the 23-acre site.

Senate Clears Authorization Bill

  • December 4, 2012
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After five days of debate and six months of waiting, the Senate approved the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill Tuesday on a unanimous 98-0 vote, setting up a House-Senate conference needed to hash out discrepancies between the two chambers. While there are numerous disparities between the two versions of the annual policy bill, Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed confidence the two chambers would be able to settle their differences …

Senate Bill Would Extend BRAC Environmental Protections to Other Sites

  • November 29, 2012
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Military installations closed outside of the BRAC process would receive the same liability protections as BRAC sites when unknown contamination is discovered, under a bill introduced Wednesday by Indiana Sen. Dan Coats (R). The bill, a companion measure to language included in the House version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, would extend liability protections provided to developers of BRAC installations to all DOD facilities closed after Oct. 24, 1988 …

Parties Request Extension to Reach Settlement over Schilling AFB Cleanup

  • November 27, 2012
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The city of Salina, Kan., and the federal government asked a federal judge this week for an extension to reach a financial settlement over leftover soil and groundwater contamination at the former Schilling Air Force Base. Salina — along with Kansas State University and the local airport authority and school district — filed a lawsuit in 2010 to force the government to expedite cleanup at the base closed in the 1960s, reported KSAL. Contamination includes two plumes containing the industrial solvent TCE. After closing, Schilling was turned over to the city and became the Salina airport.

Army Completes Soil Cleanup at Nebraska Ordnance Plant

  • November 25, 2012
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The Army Corps of Engineers has finished cleaning up contaminated soil at the former Nebraska Ordnance Plant outside of Omaha, leaving remediation of polluted groundwater as the one remaining task. The corps began a preliminary investigation in 1991 of contaminated soil and groundwater at the 17,250-acre plant, which produced bombs and other munitions during World War II and the Korean War. The work left dirt and groundwater contaminated with explosive compounds and toxic solvents. About 8,650 acres are owned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; some of the site is used by the Nebraska National Guard and Army Reserves, and some is owned privately, reported the Lincoln Journal Star. Groundwater contamination is extensive and cleaning it up is expected to continue for the next 120 years. The corps is treating four plumes, each two or three miles long and 200 feet to half-a-mile wide.

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