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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

LRA Approves Transfer of Ft. Monroe Acreage

  • May 27, 2013
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In a sharp turn from its position two months ago, the Fort Monroe Authority last week agreed to accept the transfer of 313 acres at the former installation from the Army. If Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signs off on the transfer, the property — located on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton — could be transferred Tuesday, reported the Daily Press. The conveyance includes the stone fort, Continental Park, Wherry Quarter, and parts of the Historic Village …

Authorization Bill Language Would Put Kibosh on BRAC

  • May 22, 2013
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee went one step further than it did last year in rejecting the Pentagon’s request for two base closure rounds. Rather than simply ignoring this year’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2015, the panel included language in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it is scheduled to mark up Thursday precluding the department from using FY 2014 appropriations “to propose, plan for or execute an additional BRAC round …

GSA Seeks Offers to Restore Moffett Field Hangar

  • May 21, 2013
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The General Services Administration is expected to seek proposals shortly to restore and lease historic Hangar One at Moffett Field in northern California. GSA will rely on section 111 of the National Historic Preservation Act to free the winning developer from using the hangar for activities related to the mission of the NASA Ames Research Center, reported the Mountain View Voice. “Section 111 gives us unique authority,” said David Haase, branch chief of the GSA. “Unlike enhanced use leasing authority NASA has used in the past, this will allow tenants to use the property for any use [they] would want to see within [section 111]. Before partners would need to have some direct connection to NASA,” he said. GSA will also offer companies the option of operating the airfield.

Navy Completes Transfer of Federal City Property

  • May 21, 2013
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The Navy on Tuesday transferred 118 acres at the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans to the Algiers Development District, one of two local groups leading the Federal City project located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The Algiers district had signed a lease with the Navy for the site in 2008 and due to a provision in the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill, it was designated to take ownership of the property from the Navy. The property contains 51 buildings, nine of which are considered historic …

Navy Expected to Transfer Alameda Point Parcel to City Soon

  • May 19, 2013
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The city of Alameda could take possession of a large chunk of the former Naval Air Station Alameda in a matter of weeks, following a vote this week by the City Council to approve the transfer of 509 acres of land and 870 acres of submerged property at the site on San Francisco Bay. The transfer would be the first of four from the Navy at what is now called Alameda Point under a no-cost economic development conveyance …

Army Should Issue Guidance on Facility Maintenance for Closed Bases, GAO Says

  • May 15, 2013
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In many instances following the closure of an Army installation during BRAC 2005, facilities were not maintained adequately to support reuse, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Community officials told the agency that the Army did not always maintain the facilities to their expectations, resulting in facility deterioration …

Bill in California Senate Would Help County Redevelop Castle AFB

  • May 14, 2013
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Merced County would have an easier time selling parcels at the former Castle Air Force Base, under legislation making its way to the floor of the California Senate. The elimination of redevelopment agencies in California in 2011 has prevented the county from directly selling parcels at the site, located about 100 miles east of San Jose, to interested companies. Without that authority, the county now is forced to hold a public auction, a process which can discourage firms from moving to the site …

GSA Sells Twin Cities Ammo Plant Parcel to County

  • May 12, 2013
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The General Services Administration sold and transferred a 427-acre portion of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant to Ramsey County, Minn., last week for $28 million. The deal transfers ownership of 397 acres to the county immediately, while the remaining 30 acres will be transferred after it conducts environmental remediation, which is expected to take approximately three years. Remediation and building demolition at the site currently is under way through a contract executed by the county …

Devens Bounces Back from Past Setbacks

  • May 9, 2013
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The beat goes on at Devens, with three major projects underway at the former Fort Devens, located 35 miles west of downtown Boston, following two major setbacks since 2011. Evergreen Solar’s decision to shut down its facility for manufacturing solar panels two years ago was partially offset after French conglomerate Saint-Gobain leased more than half of the plant last July, reported the Boston Business Journal. Also last year, two of the reuse project’s three host towns scuttled plans to convert Vicksburg Square, a former Army housing complex, into affordable housing for seniors and veterans …

Emphasis on Innovation, Site Completion Speeds Air Force Cleanups

  • May 9, 2013
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A change in its preferred contracting method along with a shift in its goals for remediation projects at active and BRAC installations has proved a real boon for the Air Force, helping it complete cleanups quicker and rack up taxpayer savings. In early 2011, then-Assistant Secretary Terry Yonkers implemented a new policy calling for the service to shift its objective from achieving remedy-in-place to closing sites …

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