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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Foreign Investment Should Be a Key Part of Your Redevelopment Strategy

  • August 22, 2013
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One oft forgotten source of prospective investment in redevelopment projects is foreign-owned companies. At next month’s inaugural Base Redevelopment Forum, economic development experts will introduce the basics of attracting foreign investment to large-scale redevelopment projects, including base reuse projects …

Residents Offer Reuse Ideas for Ft. Ritchie

  • August 20, 2013
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The former Fort Ritchie, located in Maryland just south of the Pennsylvania border, should be converted into a mixed-use development with job-generating commercial space, along with retail and housing, according to a survey of local residents conducted by the Herald-Mail. At a public meeting held earlier this month, residents learned the results of a study of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the reuse of the 591-acre property. Lack of outstanding debt, appropriate zoning, and community and political support were cited as strengths …

Bayonne City Council Assumes Responsibility for Reuse at Ocean Terminal

  • August 19, 2013
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The Bayonne (N.J.) City Council will take over responsibility for redeveloping the former 432-acre Military Ocean Terminal Bayonne, after voting last week to dissolve the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority. The council had introduced the resolution earlier, but it needed the approval of the New Jersey Local Finance Board before the dissolution could become final, reported the Jersey Journal. The council also voted to issue a $75 million bond to pay off the LRA’s outstanding debt …

Base Redevelopment Often a Matter of Overcoming Hurdles, Evolving Requirements

  • August 18, 2013
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Base redevelopment often has been described as a frustrating process that requires a large reserve of patience. Successful projects require communities and developers to navigate through a series of challenges amid a constantly changing environment …

See Rapid Transformation of Navy Base into Brunswick Landing at Redevelopment Forum

  • August 8, 2013
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Among installations closed in the last BRAC round, the reuse project at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick has been one of the fastest out of the gate, with the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority’s (MRRA) effort to create a high-tech business campus focusing on aviation, renewable energy, advanced composites and education already taking shape on the coast of Maine. The redevelopment authority started attracting tenants prior to the Navy’s formal closure of the base in May 2011. It now hosts more than two dozen businesses, including Kestrel Aviation and Swedish medical supply manufacturer Mölnlycke Health Care, and 250 workers …

Process Needed to Settle Disagreements over BRAC Cleanup Requirements, DOD IG Says

  • August 6, 2013
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The Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management should establish a dispute resolution plan to settle disagreements over cleanup requirements at BRAC sites among the Army, Environmental Protection Agency, state officials and local redevelopment authorities, according to a report released Tuesday by the DOD Inspector General (IG). The recommendation stems from a review of increased costs and delays incurred in cleaning up and transferring property at three Army ammunition plants — Kansas; Lone Star, Texas; and Riverbank, Calif. — and two chemical depots — Newport, Ind., and Umatilla, Ore. — closed under BRAC 2005 …

ADC Forum to Focus on Challenges Associated with Large-Scale Redevelopment

  • August 4, 2013
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In seven weeks, ADC will hold its inaugural Base Redevelopment Forum in Portland, Maine, a three-day event designed to support the needs of economic development professionals involved in complex and large-scale redevelopment projects. The event will be far different from past ADC conferences — and not just because of its focus on redevelopment issues — but because the programming will be centered around the “tools of the trade” that redevelopment authorities need to succeed, including functional and leadership skills as well as a broader understanding of current trends …

Puerto Rican Airport Selected for FAA’s Military Airport Program

  • August 1, 2013
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José Aponte de la Torre Airport, which opened in November 2008 on the site of the former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico, was selected last month by the Federal Aviation Administration for its fiscal 2013 Military Airport Program (MAP). The José Aponte de la Torre Airport, located on the eastern tip of Puerto Rico in Ceiba, is a primary commercial service, non-hub airport that is being redesignated to the program for five years. Its participation in MAP will permit the construction of a fuel farm, rehabilitation of hangar facilities, utility improvements and other conversion projects, according to an FAA fact sheet …

Liberty Station: A Mixed-Use Community Grows out of Stunning Closure Decision

  • July 29, 2013
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In the 20 years since the BRAC Commission called for the closure of Naval Training Center San Diego, the city in partnership with master developer Corky McMillin Cos. has turned the historic base into a beautiful mixed-use redevelopment complete with housing, offices, retail and open space. Several features at what is now known as Liberty Station stand out, according to a commentary in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The city conveyed some of the site back to the Navy to provide 500 units of enlisted housing. The city wanted to recognize the Navy’s legacy and the Village at NTC blends seamlessly into the rest of the project …

EDC Application for Willow Grove Property Remains on Track

  • July 25, 2013
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove believes it will be able to submit its economic development conveyance application to the Navy by the end of the calendar year. Matrix Design Group, the redevelopment authority’s consultant, now is working on market analyses, and traffic and environmental studies for the site located outside of Philadelphia, reported the Hatboro-Horsham Patch. When those studies are completed, the firm will work with the LRA’s board on a business plan. The LRA plans to acquire the air station property and act as its master developer.

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