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Posts Tagged ‘base redevelopment/environmental cleanup’

Opening of Interstate to Spur Activity at Chaffee Crossing

  • June 1, 2015
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The executive director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority is eagerly awaiting the opening of a 6.5-mile stretch of Interstate 49 through the base reuse project now called Chaffee Crossing. “That news is out there and people know it’s going to happen,” Ivy Owen told the Times Record. “The people who have been waiting and holding back to make offers are now coming out of the woodwork to make offers on smaller, specialized pieces of property like medical clinics and physician’s offices, that sort of thing,” he said. The highway opening, scheduled for July, should generate new property sales and trigger development at parcels already sold at the site located just over the Arkansas border from Oklahoma …

Weapons Station Neighbors await Master Developer Decision

  • May 31, 2015
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Concord residents played a significant role in crafting a reuse plan for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station and with the city close to selecting a master developer for the East Bay site in northern California, homeowners group are confident the most important elements of the plan will be realized over the coming decades. The plan allows for building up to 12,272 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space on about 2,300 acres, with about 70 percent of the weapons station preserved as parkland or open space. The plan also calls for a greenway buffer separating the new homes from existing neighborhoods, a key priority of homeowners groups. Clustering high-density housing near the North Concord/Martinez BART transit station will help ensure the project meets its open space goals …

Demolition of Massive Complex at Chanute AFB Set to Begin

  • May 27, 2015
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Twenty-two years after Chanute Air Force Base in east central Illinois was shuttered, work to ready the 400,000-square-foot White Hall office building for demolition is scheduled to begin within days. The massive building — DOD’s largest until the Pentagon was completed — was left to decay over the past two decades due to the prohibitive cost required to rehabilitate it. The contractor will employ a variety of safety measures to limit potential hazards to its workers and the surrounding community. Prior to demolition, Greenville, S.C.-based CB&I Federal Services will remove all asbestos and lead-based paint, as well as fixtures that can be taken to a landfill …

Effort to Ease HUBZone Eligibility Requirements at Closed Bases Gains Momentum

  • May 20, 2015
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A long-standing effort to make it easier for tenants at closed installations to qualify for the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program may finally bear fruit this year after language to relax the program’s eligibility requirements was included in the Senate version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The provision, which would loosen the requirement for 35 percent of a HUBZone participant’s employees to live within a HUBZone, also was included in the House version of the annual policy bill. As a result, the prospect that the changes make it into the final version of the authorization bill is very favorable. The effort to amend the HUBZone program — an initiative offering preferential access to federal procurements to businesses in distressed areas — has been led by Maine’s congressional delegation to support the reuse project at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station …

Developer Snaps up Block across from Walter Reed Hospital Site

  • May 18, 2015
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McLean, Va.-based Elm Street Development has purchased seven adjacent parcels across the street from the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northwest Washington to build housing. Elm Street paid $7.0 million for the lots, representing a significant amount of appreciation due to the District of Columbia’s selection of a master developer to convert 67 acres of the medical campus into a mixed-used development calling for retail, housing, a hotel and conference center, and “innovation core.” The previous owners acquired the parcels several years earlier for only $2.1 million, reported the Washington Business Journal. “That was the main driver, Walter Reed,” said Karen McJunkin, a regional partner at Elm Street …

Paper Questions Lack of Job Growth at Federal City Project

  • May 17, 2015
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At the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 round of base closures, the Times-Picayune takes the opportunity to chronicle the history of the Federal City project, the redevelopment of the Naval Support Activity New Orleans, and question why it hasn’t achieved its goal of creating 10,000 jobs. The project was born out of the 2005 BRAC round when officials from New Orleans and Louisiana successfully lobbied the BRAC Commission to keep open the Naval Support Activity’s Algiers campus — located on the west bank of the Mississippi River — and move the headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve there from the Navy’s Bywater campus across the river. The state pledged $125 million to build a new facility for the Marines …

Planning Board Endorses Proposal for Alameda Point

  • May 13, 2015
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Plans to convert a 68-acre portion of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, Calif., into a mixed development with homes, commercial space and parkland moved one step closer to being realized this week after Alameda’s Planning Board unanimously approved the proposal. The city council will take up the plan next month, when it also will consider the development agreement the city has struck with Alameda Point Partners for the parcel, reported the Alamedan. The city selected Alameda Point Partners after deciding to direct the project itself following two failed efforts led by master developers over the past decade …

Turnaround Company Poised to Take over South Weymouth Redevelopment

  • May 10, 2015
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Two years after Starwood Land Ventures gained control of the redevelopment of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station from the project’s initial master developer, a new firm is promising to revitalize the long-stalled effort. After signing a purchase and sale agreement, Raleigh, N.C.-based LStar Management is scheduled to complete its purchase of Starwood’s stake in SouthField, located outside of Boston, on Wednesday. The transaction would represent the latest chapter in a reuse effort that has made only limited headway since the air station closed in 1997. Progress on commercial development at the base has languished, although home construction began in 2011 …

New Effort Advances to Ease HUBZone Requirements at BRAC Sites

  • May 3, 2015
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The House Armed Services Committee last week added language to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill that would make it easier for tenants located at closed installations to qualify for the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program, the first step in the most recent effort by Maine’s congressional delegation to support the reuse project at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin sponsored the amendment which would allow a business to qualify for the HUBZone program — an initiative offering preferential access to federal procurements to businesses in distressed areas — if 35 percent of its employees live within a 25-mile radius of the closed installation. BRAC installations currently are designated as HUBZones for five years after they are formally closed. For a particular business to qualify for the program, however, 35 percent of its employees must live on the closed base, a threshold that is virtually unattainable …

Milcon Spending Bill Advances in House

  • April 22, 2015
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The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a $76.6 billion fiscal 2016 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs that provides a significant boost for military construction and family housing after spending on those programs dropped about one-third in the current year. Under the bill, military construction and family housing spending would rise $900 million over FY 2015 levels to $7.7 billion. The House’s proposal, however, still falls short of the Obama administration’s request for $8.4 billion in FY 2016. Milcon funding dropped in the current year as DOD opted to defer a portion of its construction program to fund higher priorities such as operations and readiness …

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