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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

New Jersey Budgets $200K to Preserve Military Bases

  • July 6, 2014
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New Jersey’s fiscal 2015 budget includes $200,000 for local efforts to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Picatinny Arsenal ahead of a future BRAC round. With defense cuts a near certainty and base closures and realignments on the horizon, stakeholder groups had requested the funding after state support for the two installations had declined in recent years, reported the Brick Patch. “Thousands of military and civilian jobs depend on this joint operation and we cannot afford the same economic loss as when Fort Monmouth closed in 2011,” said state Assemblyman Dave Wolfe …

Navy Offers Tours to Highlight Massive Hunters Point Cleanup

  • July 1, 2014
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The Navy has been offering the public behind-the-scenes tours of the cleanup and redevelopment at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard as part of an outreach effort to residents in surrounding neighborhoods and throughout San Francisco. During the two-hour bus tour held on Saturday, a group of 45 individuals learned about the Navy’s $1.1 billion effort to remove contaminants from the shipyard, including radium, arsenic, nickel, manganese, dioxins and PCBs, reported the San Francisco Chronicle. “They call this the billion-dollar base,” said Keith Forman, the Navy’s environmental coordinator for the shipyard …

Park Service Unveils Draft Plan for Ft. Monroe

  • July 1, 2014
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The National Park Service last week sketched its goals for sharing Fort Monroe National Monument with the public. The park service’s release of the site’s draft foundation document comes more than two-and-a-half years after President Obama designated 325 acres of the former Fort Monroe a national monument. Since then, the park service, the Army, the commonwealth of Virginia and the city of Hampton have been working to make Fort Monroe, located on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, a seamless park …

N.C. House Passes Bill to Keep BRAC Deliberations Secret

  • June 29, 2014
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The North Carolina House last week approved legislation allowing state officials, including the state Military Affairs Commission, to withhold information from the public about deliberations conducted to protect the state’s military installations during a BRAC round. Meetings to discuss such matters could be closed under the bill, which received no advance notice before emerging in committee June 25, reported the Fayetteville Observer. It passed unanimously on the House floor that afternoon. It now heads to the state Senate for a vote …

New Development Pushes Chaffee Crossing into a New Chapter

  • June 25, 2014
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After a string of announcements in the past year about new development coming to Chaffee Crossing, the reuse project at the former Fort Chaffee in western Arkansas is transitioning into a new phase of development, reports the City Wire. “I think there’s going to be smaller scale developments just because, and particularly here at Chaffee Crossing, because of the configuration of our property now. We’ve sold a lot of large tracts and because of that, we now have a lot of smaller, specialized pieces of property,” said Ivy Owen, executive director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority …

Former McClellan AFB Ready for Next Property Transfer

  • June 24, 2014
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McClellan Business Park, the redevelopment project at the former McClellan Air Force Base in northern California, shortly will accept ownership of an additional 198 acres of land from the Air Force. The business park already has been managing leasing for much of the tract, but a formal title transfer will make the job easier, said Alan Hersh, senior vice president for the project. Officially, the Air Force will hand the site over to Sacramento County before it goes to the business park. The property most likely will be used for aviation and industrial activities. All base property is scheduled to be turned over to the business park by 2019, reports the Sacramento Business Journal.

Candidates Highlight Their Ability to Protect Bases in Looming BRAC Round

  • June 24, 2014
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A staple of campaigns across the country has been claims by incumbents and challengers as to how they are the better candidate to ensure a local installation survives the threat of additional base closures. In the Republican race for the Senate in Mississippi, incumbent Thad Cochran has relied on exactly that kind of argument to gain an advantage against his tea party rival. “Sen. Cochran has the power and experience to protect the Gulf Coast …

Alabama City Considers Investing in Schools to Support Ft. Rucker

  • June 23, 2014
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Enterprise City Schools are asking for assistance from the city council to fund a $16.5 million improvement plan designed in part to bolster the community’s support of nearby Fort Rucker. At a joint work session last week of the school board and city council, Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell applauded the school superintendent for helping the city prepare for an impending BRAC round. “I sit on the Military Stability Commission for the state of Alabama, and education has been at the focus of every meeting over the last year or so …

Maryland Communities Ramp up Efforts to Strengthen Installations

  • June 23, 2014
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Defense communities throughout Maryland are taking a careful look at their strengths and weaknesses to ensure local installations come out ahead in future deliberations over paring down military infrastructure. It may not be clear how soon another BRAC round will be conducted, but spending reductions already are on the way. “There are going to be cuts,” said Mike Hayes, director of the state’s office of military affairs …

Dispute between LRA, Developer Continues over Way Forward at NAS South Weymouth

  • June 22, 2014
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The South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp., the LRA responsible for redeveloping the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth, and its master developer continue to remain at odds over a plan for jump starting development at the base located outside of Boston. Starwood Land Ventures’ plan, which requires approval by the state Legislature, would strip authority from the LRA and shift responsibility for public services and tax revenue to the surrounding communities of Weymouth, Abington and Rockland. Starwood is trying to gain the support of the three towns and in recent weeks has been negotiating the language of proposed legislation with the mayor of Weymouth …

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