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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Concord Finds New Redevelopment Director

  • September 2, 2015
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Concord officials have selected Guy Bjerke, a former mayor of the city, to succeed Michael Wright to spearhead the redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station, located in the East Bay region in northern California. Wright is retiring after serving as executive director of the redevelopment project for more than nine years. However, he will continue as an independent consultant for the next several months, according to a press release from the city. Wright will focus on completing the selection of a master developer for the project and finishing property transfer negotiations with the Navy …

Hotel Groundbreaking at Brooks City Base Could Prompt Additional Development

  • August 28, 2015
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Last week’s groundbreaking at Brooks City Base for an Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel could mark the start of a boom in investment in the hotel and tourism industry at the project located on San Antonio’s South Side. One factor expected to play a role in boosting tourism south of downtown San Antonio is the recent designation by UNESCO of the city’s five historic missions — the Alamo and four other Spanish colonial missions — as a World Heritage Site, reports the San Antonio Business Journal. Three of the missions are near Brooks. “I expect that the World Heritage designation of our missions will only lead to additional opportunities,” Brooks City Base President Leo Gomez told the publication. Brooks needed to convince Phoenix Hospitality Group, which will develop and manage the new Embassy Suites, to take a chance on the Southeast Side …

Base Redevelopment Forum to Feature Special Track for LRA Board Members

  • August 28, 2015
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ADC’s 3rd Annual Base Redevelopment Forum, which will run from Oct. 21-23 in San Antonio, will feature a new format focused on three topics — redevelopment trends, tools of the trade and LRA leadership. The track for LRA board directors will include sessions on the different organizational models for LRAs and a look at how those organizations need to evolve over time, as well as a variety of networking opportunities. “LRA board members who have attended previous forums have found the experience extremely valuable. That led the LRA Directors Council to suggest that this year’s forum include a special track for board leaders,” said ADC CEO Tim Ford …

Virginia to Hand over Acreage for Ft. Monroe Monument to Park Service

  • August 25, 2015
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Tuesday is expected to transfer the state’s portion of the property that makes up Fort Monroe National Monument to the National Park Service. The transfer will include 112 acres of the North Beach area on the historic post, located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Parade Grounds, Old Quarters 1, Lee’s Quarters and Engineer’s Quarters, reported the Daily Press. The properties are a portion of the entire monument which was established by President Obama four years ago. The monument includes parts of the moat, stone casemate, parade grounds inside the moat and a 235-acre swath of the North Beach area …

Groundwater Contamination Slows Handover of NAS Willow Grove

  • August 21, 2015
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Talks between the Navy and the Horsham LRA over the terms for conveying the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove most likely will not be completed until officials determine how they will clean up perfluorinated compounds discovered last year in the groundwater on and around the property located north of Philadelphia. The Navy “has been aggressively attacking the problem,” according to Michael McGee, executive director of the LRA, but the redevelopment authority still needs to revise its purchase proposal and other planning documents as a result of the contamination. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering what remedy will be required to clean up the chemicals, which were used in firefighting foams …

The Past Lingers at Two Former Airfields

  • August 18, 2015
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A North Carolina fine art photographer drawn to long-forgotten, abandoned places has released a series of photos of decaying buildings at the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Ill.
The village of Rantoul has reused some of the Air Force facilities, but many are badly deteriorated after remaining untouched for decades, reports We are the Mighty. The publication features eight photos by Walter Arnold shot at Chanute, which was shuttered in 1993. The installation was closed as a result of the 1988 BRAC round. Arnold did not get permission to access Chanute, but entered the site anyway. “Of all the locations that I have showcases online, Chanute has had the most response …

District Finds Room for Homeless Veterans at Walter Reed

  • August 14, 2015
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Help USA, a national group founded almost 30 years ago by current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, plans to renovate a series of single-occupant apartments at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, under a deal being negotiated by the Army and the District of Columbia. The project, slated to include 75 efficiency apartments, would be the only component of the city’s redevelopment plan for 66.5 acres at the medical campus aimed at veterans, reported the New York Times. “It’s an iconic setting,” Thomas Hameline, president and CEO of the nonprofit which has launched veterans programs in four states, said of the historic hospital in northwest Washington …

‘Ghostbusters’ Filming Could Spur New Industry at SouthField

  • August 11, 2015
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Filming for the reboot of the “Ghostbusters” franchise is scheduled to begin this month at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station, after the site’s master developer invested more than $500,000 to get a 35,000-square-foot hangar at the Boston-area installation ready for the spotlight. The production would be the first major motion picture shot at SouthField, the mixed-use project set to replace the Navy base, but it may not be the last. At least two other production companies have contacted LStar Management about filming there, managing partner Kyle Corkum told the Boston Globe. Before LStar assumed control of the reuse project in May, the hangar had been slated to be demolished …

To Preserve Aerospace Cluster, San Antonio Needs to Revisit Its ‘Value Proposition’

  • August 7, 2015
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San Antonio needs to think strategically about the advantages it offers the aerospace industry to ensure it doesn’t lose a chunk of the sector to other places, a senior executive with Port San Antonio said at a chamber of commerce event last month. Officials should consider further investment in facilities and the workforce, expanding the components of the aerospace industry the region excels in and competing on qualities other than price, according to Jim Perschbach, executive vice president for business development at Port San Antonio, the reuse project at the former Kelly Air Force Base. The city specializes in maintenance, repair and overhaul, with a core competency in servicing aging types of airframes and engines, reported San Antonio Express-News. But it could strengthen its aerospace cluster by branching out to commercial paint application, satellite communications, landing gear and navigation …

Brooks City Base Issues $55M in Bonds for Infrastructure Upgrades

  • August 4, 2015
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Brooks City Base issued $54.9 million in revenue bonds for infrastructure improvements needed to support further growth at the redevelopment project in San Antonio, officials announced Monday. The bond package will fund a variety of projects: restoration of historic Hangar 9, the only surviving hangar from World War I; parkway and drainage improvements; repairs and upgrades to Aeromedical Drive and Louis Bauer Drive; and engineering and design work for South New Braunfels road extension to Loop 410. A portion of the funds also will be used for the construction of the Embassy Suites by Hilton at the city base …

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