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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Ft. Ritchie LRA Considers Reuse Options after Taking Site Back from Developer

  • January 9, 2013
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Less than six months after taking back the former Fort Ritchie from its developer, PenMar Development Corp. wants to have a new reuse plan for the 591-acre central Maryland property located just over the Pennsylvania border. The LRA plans to hire a real estate consultant shortly and complete a redevelopment plan later this year …

Navy Closes in on Final Transfer of Roosevelt Roads to Puerto Rico

  • January 7, 2013
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The Navy last month conveyed two parcels totaling 2,036 acres at the former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads to the commonwealth of Puerto Rico via an economic development conveyance, marking the final property transfer at the base located on the island’s eastern tip. The Navy had conducted public auctions for those parcels on two previous occasions, but neither attempt resulted in a suitable bid …

Conference Agreement Fails to Extend Environmental Protections to Non-BRAC Sites

  • December 19, 2012
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A bid to extend liability protections afforded BRAC sites to installations closed outside of the base closure process when unknown contamination is discovered fell short, as negotiators this week omitted language that had been in the House version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill from the conference report. The provision would have extended the indemnity now provided by Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to all bases closed after Oct. 24, 1988 …

Lawmakers Push to Extend BRAC Environmental Protections to Other Sites

  • December 17, 2012
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A group of seven House members representing districts with closed Army ammunition plants is pressing the chamber’s conferees to the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill to preserve language extending liability protections afforded BRAC sites to installations closed outside of the BRAC process when unknown contamination is discovered. The language, which would extend the indemnity now provided by Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to all bases closed after Oct. 24, 1988, is included in the House version of the annual defense policy bill but was left out of the Senate version …

Ft. Monmouth LRA Accelerates Sale of Housing Parcel

  • December 16, 2012
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The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority is selling two residential parcels that could be used for permanent housing by residents who lost their homes in Hurricane Sandy and no longer want to live in a floodplain. Local officials believe the former Army post in coastal New Jersey, which did not experience flooding in the October storm, may be attractive to homeowners who don’t want to pay higher insurance rates or live in an area that is vulnerable to flooding …

Settlement Reached in Litigation over Schilling AFB Cleanup

  • December 13, 2012
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The city of Salina, Kan., and other local entities said on Thursday they will vote on a consent decree with the federal government settling their claims associated with the cleanup of the former Schilling Air Force Base. The settlement, which stems from mediation ordered by U.S. District Court, provides for the first steps toward a comprehensive cleanup of the property. According to the consent decree, the U.S. government will pay 90 percent of the cost, $8.4 million, and the Salina entities will pay 10 percent, $936,300 …

Chinese Bank Agrees to $1.7B Loan for San Francisco Reuse Projects

  • December 11, 2012
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Lennar Corp. has gained approval from the state-supported China Development Bank for a $1.7 billion loan to jump start construction of neighborhoods at two of the developer’s high-profile base redevelopment projects in San Francisco, Treasure Island and Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. The deal is not complete, but both sides are trying to finish it by the end of the year to avoid the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which will require foreign investors to enter into disclosure compliance agreements with the Treasury Department …

Tenants Get the Boot at Oakland Army Base

  • December 9, 2012
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The Oakland Film Center and seven other major tenants, along with dozens of smaller firms and contractors, will be forced to vacate the former Oakland Army Base next spring to make way for the site’s redevelopment into a shipping and distribution facility. The city will lose $242 million in state funds if redevelopment does not begin by December 2013, reported the Oakland Local blog. Turning the site into a distribution facility will increase the capacity of the Port of Oakland and improve its ability to move cargo. The first phase of redevelopment, approved in June, is projected to cost $484 million.

Amendment Would Allow Some Older BRAC Sites to Retain HUBZone Status

  • December 5, 2012
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Among the 145 amendments the Senate passed during debate over the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill is one that would extend the period during which certain base closure sites can be designated as HUBZones, a status conferring preferential access to federal procurements for qualified small businesses. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown sponsored the provision to benefit the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, the central Ohio site of the former Newark Air Force Base …

Community College Coming to Former Onizuka AFS

  • December 4, 2012
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The Foothill-De Anza Community College District last week took a major step toward opening a new campus at the former Onizuka Air Force Station in northern California after selecting a general contractor for a planned $25 million education center. The district plans to acquire 9.2 acres of Onizuka at no cost for the multi-story structure slated to house classrooms, conference rooms, offices and food services. Construction is scheduled to take about three years, reported School Construction News. The Air Force station, located in Sunnyvale, closed following the last round of base closures. The city is the designated local redevelopment authority and is working with the Veterans Affairs Department to develop the remainder of the 23-acre site.

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