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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Vieques Has Not Experienced Rebirth 10 Years after Bombing Range Closed

  • May 6, 2013
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Ten years after the Navy departed Vieques, the small Puerto Rican island still has not realized its hope of improving its economic fortunes. One key challenge, clearing the island’s bombing range of munitions, is expected to require at least 12 more years with a total expected cost of $350 million, reports Stars and Stripes. “The Navy considers Vieques to be its highest priority in the munitions cleanup program,” said the Navy’s Dan Waddill. “Vieques gets by far the most effort and the highest amount of funding …

DLA’s Departure Could Result in Closure of Northern California Depot

  • May 1, 2013
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The Defense Logistics Agency’s decision to move its operations from a depot located 60 miles east of Oakland could result in the closure of the 724-acre Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin – Sharpe. The agency plans to relinquish its permit to use the site in Lathrop, Calif., to the Army; the facility formerly had been known as the Sharpe Army Depot. DLA intends to shift its operations at the Sharpe site to nearby Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin – Tracy and possibly other agency facilities …

Air Force Merges BRAC Programs into Single Directorate

  • April 30, 2013
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The Air Force has merged all staff working on BRAC missions, including environmental and real property pre-transfer operations, under one directorate within the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, officials announced Tuesday. Effective April 22, 45 staff, including civilian and support contractors, transitioned into the Installation Directorate’s BRAC Program Management Division led by Stephen TerMaath. The move follows last October’s creation of the civil engineer center …

City Taps Five Big Name Firms to Vie for Walter Reed Reuse

  • April 30, 2013
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The District of Columbia has selected five prominent development teams to compete to become the master developer for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Upper Northwest Washington. Officials had received responses to its request for qualifications from a total of nine firms, the city announced in March. The short-listed candidates will be asked to respond to a request for proposals issued later this month …

Developer to Purchase Former Navy Hotel, Housing at Brunswick NAS

  • April 28, 2013
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A local developer plans to lease the hotel and bachelor housing at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, to the Navy to house sailors assigned to nearby Bath Iron Works. George Schott has agreed to purchase the 248-room hotel and 190 bachelor apartments for $6 million, Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, told the Bangor Daily News. Scott previously purchased about 700 units of former housing at the air station, now renamed Brunswick Landing. The LRA initially hoped the former Navy hotel could continue to be operated as a hotel, but a feasibility study concluded the community could not support it. “The fact that [Schott] is going to use [the housing] for what it was initially designed for — to support sailors — is fine with us,” Levesque said.

Green Practices at Alaskan Joint Base Earn Pentagon Award

  • April 22, 2013
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Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, last week was named one of nine winners of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards for its efforts to conserve energy and cut its greenhouse gas emissions. The 673rd Air Base Wing at JBER worked with local municipalities and utility providers to convert landfill gas into usable energy for a project estimated to generate more than 56,000 megawatt hours, or 26 percent, of the installation’s electrical load. The plant reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 13,944 tons of methane and is expected to save $73.6 million over the project’s lifecycle …

Army, State, LRA Seek Solution to Address Contamination at Ft. Gillem

  • April 18, 2013
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A plan to convert the former Fort Gillem, Ga., into a logistics hub serving Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the Port of Savannah could be jeopardized unless state officials’ concerns about contamination from the post that has seeped into neighboring Forest Park are mollified. Earlier this year, the state asked the Environmental Protection Agency to consider making the installation a Superfund site, an action that would severely hamper the community’s reuse plan from going forward …

Cold War Command Center in Central N.Y. for Sale

  • April 16, 2013
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One of about two dozen military command centers operated by North American Aerospace Defense Command during the Cold War is available to anyone interested in purchasing two windowless buildings in Cicero, N.Y. The SAGE — Semi-Automated Ground Environment — complex at the former Hancock Air Force Base has 175,000 square feet of space and is being offered for $895,000, reports the Post-Standard. The buildings — which have two-foot-thick reinforced concrete walls and one-foot-thick concrete floors — were originally used to track Soviet bombers and assign jets and missiles to intercept them. After the military closed the complex in 2001, the General Services Administration disposed of it. The property now is part of Hancock Airpark, an industrial park being developed by a local economic development entity.

Questions Remain following Army’s Decision to Transfer Ft. Monroe Property

  • April 15, 2013
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Plenty of questions remain for the Fort Monroe Authority after the Army last month unexpectedly said it was ready to transfer 313 acres of the historic post located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay to the LRA. For one, what will happen if the governor’s office does not accept the parcel from the Army? The attorney general’s office is reviewing the Army’s quitclaim deed …

Lennar, Chinese Bank Deal Falls Apart

  • April 14, 2013
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An agreement for the state-supported China Development Bank to invest $1.7 billion in the redevelopment of two former Navy bases in San Francisco, Treasure Island and Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, has collapsed amid demands by the Chinese for more control over the projects than Lennar Corp. was willing to hand over. Lennar had reached a tentative deal with the Chinese bank last year to finance construction of thousands of homes and offices at the two sites …

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