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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

FAA Taps England Air Park for Military Airport Program

  • July 30, 2015
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The Federal Aviation Administration selected Alexandria International Airport, located at the former England Air Force Base in central Louisiana, to participate in the Military Airport Program (MAP), providing the airport funds for a major apron rehabilitation project. Alexandria was the only former military airport or joint use airport added to MAP this year, the second straight year FAA has picked only one participant. A total of 15 airports can participate in the program at one time. The England Economic & Industrial Development District, which is responsible for turning the former air base into England Air Park, is expected to receive about $9 million because of this designation …

Spaceport Designation at Ellington Airport Expected to Lift Houston’s Fortunes

  • July 29, 2015
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The recent selection of Ellington Airport as the nation’s 10th commercial spaceport is expected to greatly bolster Houston’s economy as a new industry grows around the former Air Force facility. The FAA granted the Houston Airport System a launch license for Ellington on June 30. The spaceport designation “is a signal to all of the aerospace businesses that Houston means business and that we are welcoming them, any and all, to come and explore the opportunities that Houston can provide for aerospace companies,” said Dan Seal, executive director of special initiatives at Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership …

City to Spend $50M on Public Art at Treasure Island

  • July 26, 2015
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The $1.5 billion transformation of San Francisco’s Treasure Island into a mixed-use community slated to take place over the next two decades will have a strong emphasis on public art under a plan the San Francisco Arts Commission is assembling. The commission, which is planning to spend $50 million at the former naval station in San Francisco Bay, is considering a variety of projects to turn the island into an art-world destination — island-wide treasure hunts, dance performances, light displays, wind-activated art and sculpture gardens. “As San Francisco is changing, this is really an investment in the role of artists in San Francisco and the artists who have made this city so great,” said Tom DeCaigny, the commission’s director of cultural affairs …

Parks Agency Launches Planning Process for Portion of Concord Site

  • July 26, 2015
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Dozens of residents turned out Thursday to help the East Bay Regional Park District plan a 2,600-acre park at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California. Much of the new Concord Hills Regional Park — which will include grasslands, wildflower fields, rolling hills, oak trees and wetlands — will remain undeveloped, but the district plans to convert miles of existing rail lines to multi-use trails for pedestrians and bicyclists, reported the Contra Costa Times. “It’s a fantastic piece of property we’ve been working on for 10 years now,” said Brian Holt, principal planner with the park district …

Former Kansas Ammo Plant in Running for Logistics Hub

  • July 22, 2015
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The former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant has been selected as one of seven finalists by the state Department of Transportation for a transload shipping center. The Great Plains Industrial Park, as the reuse project is called, was chosen from 111 proposals, reported the Joplin Globe. The transload center, which would be used for truck-to-rail and rail-to-truck transfers, would create jobs and lower shipping costs. In southeastern Kansas where Great Plains is located, a hub would benefit local industry and customers, said Ed McKechnie, chairman of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. “Anytime you can have an additional investment in the infrastructure in this part of the state, it’s an opportunity to reduce costs in people’s supply chain, make them more competitive …

Pulte Homes Closes on Development at SouthField

  • July 16, 2015
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Pulte Homes this week closed on the first phase of a new neighborhood at the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth that will feature 108 housing units in one of the first major steps taken by the project’s new master developer to turn the base located outside of Boston into a master-planned community. The development will include 81 single-family homes and 27 townhouses on 34 acres at SouthField, according to a press release from master developer LStar Communities. Units will range from 1,800 to 2,200 square feet and will predominantly feature two to three bedrooms, with a few four-bedroom units. Transit access will be a key component of the project, with pedestrian paths planned to connect the neighborhood to the South Weymouth commuter rail station. Construction is expected to be completed over the next two years …

Communities Likely to Recover from Loss of Military Presence, Researcher Says

  • July 12, 2015
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As about two dozen communities contemplate the impact of the Army’s announcement last week about new force reductions, a Cato Institute researcher highlights the ability of regions coping with significant cuts in military spending to bounce back. “Communities do adapt and recover, some more quickly than others, and many emerge after the transition period with a robust and more diversified economic base,” Christopher Preble, Cato’s vice president for defense and foreign policy studies, writes in a blog post. Preble’s preliminary conclusion comes at approximately the midway point of a research project assessing how communities responded after local bases were closed through either the BRAC process or other means. He also is looking at the impact of the closure of privately owned and operated facilities that primarily supplied DOD customers …

Filmmaker’s Offer Prompts SouthField Developer to Renovate Navy Hangar

  • July 8, 2015
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In a reversal of plans, LStar Management, which assumed control of the redevelopment of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station in May, has decided to renovate an old Navy hangar for filmmakers after it was approached by a company interested in using the space to make a movie. Instead of demolishing the 33,000-square-foot hangar as part of its plan for turning the Boston-area site into SouthField, the project’s latest master developer has been readying the hangar for the movie maker, reported Wicked Local Weymouth. The first phase of the renovation will cost about a half-million dollars and covers remediation of the soil and lead paint, and the replacement of 400 broken windows, said LStar managing partner Kyle Corkum. A second phase would upgrade an office attached to the hangar …

Guidance on Prevailing Wage Rate Rule to Benefit Redevelopment at Ft. Monmouth

  • July 7, 2015
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Recent guidance from New Jersey’s attorney general’s office concluding that the state’s prevailing wage rate rules do not universally apply to new construction at Fort Monmouth should help the LRA reach sales and redevelopment agreements with developers for a variety of projects at the former post. Prevailing wage requirements will apply only if a project includes public work or if the developer receives financial assistance from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) or any state entity, reported Word on the Shore. “The updated language reflects how FMERA now reviews contracts and projects on a case-by-case basis to determine the applicability of prevailing wage requirements in each case,” said Rachel Goemaat, spokesperson for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority …

Sale of Officer Housing to Result in Ft. Monmouth’s First Residential Project

  • July 5, 2015
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The LRA for the former Fort Monmouth last month approved the sale of 117 units of officer housing within the Fort Monmouth National Register Historic District in Oceanport, N.J., for $8.3 million, paving the way for the reuse effort’s first residential project. The officer housing is located on two parcels totaling 36.5 acres, and includes residential units in single, duplex and four-plex configurations surrounding and adjacent to the post’s parade ground. The developer’s proposal calls for 68 market-rate, for sale units north of the parade ground and 48 rental units south of the parade ground, according to a press release from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority. The South Post units would be a mix of market-rate and affordable housing rentals …

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