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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

VA Project Could Save Alameda Millions in Infrastructure Costs

  • March 6, 2013
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Construction of a health clinic and columbarium by the Department of Veterans Affairs at the former Naval Air Station Alameda will save the city of Alameda $12.5 million in infrastructure costs. The savings will come when the VA builds several roadways and installs water, gas and other utilities for its project at Alameda Point, reported The city may use the savings to construct a sports complex or to pay for other redevelopment at the former base located on San Francisco Bay. The VA is slated to receive 115 acres at the site; a separate 512-acre parcel will be turned into a refuge for the California least tern.

Spending Cuts to Jeopardize BRAC Cleanup Efforts, Army Chief Testifies

  • March 5, 2013
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Actions required to complete base closures, including cleanup activities, could be delayed as the Army faces a funding shortfall in fiscal 2013 due to the sequester, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Delays in completing documents, permits, policy approvals, contracts and other actions are expected due to civilian furloughs and reductions to the contractor personnel who oversee and carry out the BRAC program, Odierno stated in the written testimony he submitted to the House Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee …

Rantoul Nears End of Wait for Chanute AFB Property

  • February 20, 2013
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When it comes to the cleanup of the former Chanute Air Force Base, located about 120 miles southwest of Chicago, the village of Rantoul soon will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Air Force still is cleaning up the base 20 years after it closed, but several parcels should be ready for transfer this year, reports the Rantoul Press. The first transfer of 53 acres, part of the village’s airport property, should be completed this spring. The next transfer will include 180 acres near the Rantoul Business Center and a sports complex. The Air Force plans to transfer the remainder of the property to the village next year, according to the story. First, though, officials from the Air Force and Rantoul need to sign an economic development conveyance.

Air Force Transfers Sites to Public Users at McClellan

  • February 18, 2013
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The Air Force has formally transferred property at the former McClellan Air Force Base to two school districts and a museum, pushing the service one step closer to disposing of all 3,000 acres at the Sacramento, Calif., site. To date, the Air Force has transferred about 1,700 acres at the base closed following the 1995 BRAC round to community entities for redevelopment. The remaining portions of the base, primarily the airfields, are expected to transfer in 2014 …

Cleanup Delay Slows Progress at Lone Star

  • February 12, 2013
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The Army’s delay in cleaning up 1,100 acres at the former Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant is slowing the LRA’s redevelopment plans for the northeastern Texas facility that closed following the last round of base closures. “Some of the work has been completed, but the vast majority of it has not. The property is still pretty encumbered by permit regime that makes it very difficult to sell,” said Bill Cork, CEO of TexAmericas Center …

In the Black: Presidio Trust Meets Self-Sufficiency Deadline

  • February 7, 2013
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After 17 years of relying on annual appropriations from Congress, the nonprofit charged with preserving the Presidio of San Francisco has grown up and shown that it can operate as an independent organization capable of sustaining the natural and cultural resources of the historic Army post that closed in 1994. The fiscal year that ended last September was the last year the Presidio Trust received a federal allocation as stipulated in the legislation that created it …

Councilman Wants Los Alamitos to Prepare for Base Closure

  • February 5, 2013
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The Defense Department recently completed a multi-million dollar headquarters for the Army Reserve at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos in Southern California, but at least one local official wants the city to have a backup plan in case the installation is closed. “I would like to see the formation of a base closure committee,” Los Alamitos Councilman Richard Murphy said last week. “It’s amazing to me that we don’t have one.” Even if there is only a small chance that the base is shuttered, said Murphy, prudent planning should prompt the city to be ready. “If you follow the budget cuts in the military, I think there’s going to be more and more serious budget cuts under this administration,” he said. “We need to go through the exercise of preparing for that.”

Army, LRA Talks over Ft. Monroe Transfer Stretch Out

  • February 5, 2013
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Negotiations between the Army and the Fort Monroe Authority have lasted much longer than expected due to a dispute over the value of the portions of the property not slated to revert to the commonwealth of Virginia. The Army is asking for a figure that is 10 times the value estimated by the authority, LRA Executive Director Glenn Oder told the Daily Press …

Bill Would Expand HUBZone Boundaries, Benefit BRAC Sites

  • February 4, 2013
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Legislation sponsored by Maine’s two senators would make it easier for tenants located at bases closed in the last BRAC round to qualify for the HUBZone program, a Small Business Administration initiative offering preferential access to federal procurements to businesses in distressed areas. Currently, BRAC installations are designated as HUBZones for five years after they are formally closed. The law, however, defines the geographic boundaries of those HUBZones as the borders of the closed installation, making it extremely difficult for companies to meet one of the program’s criteria — 35 percent of their employees must live within the HUBZone …

District Launches Search for Walter Reed Developer

  • February 3, 2013
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The District of Columbia last week issued a request for qualifications from prospective firms to be the master developer for 66.6 acres at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Upper Northwest Washington. The city’s reuse plan for the site, which will feature a town center, calls for 1,864 multi-family housing units, 90 townhomes, 767,000 square feet of office space, 212,000 square feet of retail, and 176,000 square feet of other uses such as arts and entertainment …

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