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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

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 …

Ft. Monmouth LRA Outlines Homeless Accommodations

  • April 9, 2013
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Housing projects to assist the homeless at the former Fort Monmouth, N.J., are expected to cost more than $10 million, according to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority. The four projects include the reuse of two existing buildings and 40 single-family housing units, and the construction of a new emergency shelter. The projects include: 180 Turning Lives Around, a non-profit that provides housing, counseling and court assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse …

Turbulence Frequently Unavoidable in Base Redevelopment

  • April 4, 2013
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Two decades after it closed, the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C., is a thriving mixed-use redevelopment, featuring a town center, a variety of housing types, a technology and aerospace business park, and a commercial and general aviation airport. Other air bases closed around the same time have had varying degrees of success, however, reports the Sun News in a multi-part series marking the 20-year anniversary of the base’s closure. The former Pease AFB, near Portsmouth, N.H., has experienced similar growth to the reuse project at Myrtle Beach AFB …

Senator Celebrates Renewed Recognition of Former Newark AFB as HUBZone

  • April 2, 2013
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Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown last week highlighted the renewed designation of Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, the central Ohio site of the former Newark Air Force Base, as a Small Business Administration HUBZone through 2015. An amendment attached to the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill that was sponsored by Brown extends 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 …

LRA to Add Housing at Devens

  • April 1, 2013
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MassDevelopment is looking for a developer to build housing on a 70-acre site at the former Fort Devens located outside of Boston. The agency expects 120 units to be constructed, with 25 percent reserved for low- and moderate-income residents. Allowed uses include single-, two- and multi-family housing, along with elder housing, nursing homes and municipal uses, reported the Boston Business Journal. Last year, residents from the towns of Harvard and Ayer rejected a developer’s plan to turn former barracks at another site at the 4,400-acre redevelopment project into 246 units of affordable housing for seniors and veterans. Devens hosts 99 businesses, nonprofits and governmental entities that employ more than 3,200 workers, according to the Journal.

Reuse at Myrtle Beach AFB: The Long Road to Success

  • April 1, 2013
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On the 20-year anniversary of the closure of Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C., the Sun News recounts the numerous difficulties facing local officials trying to redevelop the 3,937-acre installation. Today, the former base is the home of a variety of uses, highlighted by the Market Common, a town center with upscale shops and restaurants, and neighborhoods with more than 1,200 homes that follow the principles of New Urbanism. The project also features new general aviation and commercial airport terminals, and a technology and aerospace business park …

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