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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Need for Federal Strategy to Address Excess Defense Infrastructure Is Urgent, ADC Says

  • June 4, 2014
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Congress needs to grant the Defense Department sufficient authority to deal with its surplus of infrastructure, otherwise DOD will be forced to hollow out many of its installations and the economies of affected defense communities will suffer, according to a policy statement approved by ADC’s board of directors this week. ADC issued the policy statement as the Pentagon and Congress remain in a years-long stalemate over the need for a series of cost-saving reforms even as the defense budget is subject to stringent spending caps and the military draws down from 12-plus years of war. “In an environment of declining support for installations, the only solution is to confront head-on the nation’s excess military infrastructure,” Bob Murdock, ADC’s outgoing president, told the audience Wednesday at the Defense Communities National Summit …

BRAC ‘Conversation Has Begun,’ Conger Tells Summit

  • June 4, 2014
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Despite painting a bleak future for military construction and facilities sustainment funding, the Pentagon’s top installations official on Wednesday expressed some optimism regarding the timeline for a new base closure round. Congress is on a course to dismiss the Obama administration’s BRAC request for a third straight year, but some indications have emerged that lawmakers’ rejection can eventually be overcome. One hopeful sign is a provision in the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill calling for a comprehensive assessment of the need for additional base closures and realignments …

Ft. Chaffee LRA Hopes to Expand Historic District

  • June 3, 2014
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The LRA for the former Fort Chaffee in western Arkansas is planning to double the size of its 20-acre historic district as part of a long-term marketing effort. The district, built in the 1940s, represents “the heart’ of Chaffee Crossing, according to Joseph Chasteen, director of museums and the historic district for the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority. “It shows the importance and impact Fort Chaffee had in Fort Smith,” Chasteen told the Times Record. The district’s most famous building is the barbershop where Elvis Presley received his first military haircut. The LRA restored the shop to its condition in 1958, and now is waiting on a grant to renovate the barracks were Presley stayed. Long-term plans call for turning the historic area into a walkable urban district and developing a “trail of tourism” from the post to downtown Fort Smith, Lorie Robertson, the authority’s director of marketing, told the paper.

Spending Bill includes Extra Funds to Speed BRAC Cleanups

  • June 3, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee boosted the Pentagon’s budget request for past BRAC rounds by $110 million in an effort to expedite the cleanup of closed and realigned installations. The committee recommended $380 million for the base closure account in the fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill it approved last month. Congress allocated $451 million for the account in the current year …

Miller Has Led Conversion of Kelly AFB to Thriving Industrial Park

  • June 2, 2014
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Over the past 12 years, Bruce Miller has helped transform the former Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio into a 1,900-acre industrial complex that is home to over 80 private and public organizations and 12,000 workers centered in the aerospace, logistics, manufacturing and federal sectors. When he arrived in San Antonio after being named president and CEO, the reuse project already had an established base of tenants in the aerospace industry that preserved much of the base’s civilian workforce pre-dating Kelly’s closure. Miller in turn opted to focus on strategic redevelopment, tackling the need to demolish or rehabilitate existing facilities and upgrade aging infrastructure …

Housing Construction at Treasure Island Could Begin in 2016

  • May 29, 2014
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Despite concerns about radiation contamination on parts of Treasure Island, the master developer is proceeding with plans to begin housing construction on the former naval station located in San Francisco Bay. The Navy may transfer the eastern end of the island along with all of adjacent Yerba Buena Island to San Francisco by the end of the year. At that point, the property would be turned over the development team of Lennar and Wilson Meany, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Housing construction could begin on Yerba Buena by the middle of 2016, with 500 units completed by 2018, Lennar Urban President Kofi Bonner told the paper. Meanwhile, the Navy is planning to conduct radiological surveys of all occupied housing units on Treasure Island. The western end of the island, where the testing will occur, would be conveyed to the city between 2016 and 2021.

House Passes Amendment to Extend Environmental Protections to Non-BRAC Sites

  • May 29, 2014
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Land not yet transferred at former ammunition plants and other military installations closed outside of the BRAC process would receive the same liability protections as BRAC sites when unknown contamination is discovered, under an amendment to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill passed by the House last week. The amendment, sponsored by Indiana Rep. Todd Young (R), would extend the indemnity now provided by Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization bill to property not yet transferred at bases closed outside of the BRAC process …

Budget Reality Makes BRAC Urgent, Former DOD Official Says

  • May 28, 2014
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With the Pentagon’s authority to pare down its excess infrastructure limited, perhaps officials could jump start the process by following the formula used in the 1980s when the department was similarly stymied from closing bases, according to an op-ed published in Defense News. To break the logjam, Lawrence Korb, the senior DOD official in charge of installations, and then-Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, agreed in 1985 that DOD would submit a list of bases it wanted to close to the committee …

Summit Session to Scrutinize Communities’ Approaches to BRAC Preparation

  • May 27, 2014
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With a future BRAC round looming on the horizon, next week’s Defense Communities National Summit in Washington will take a close look at the strategies that communities and states have employed to prepare for base closure rounds in the past. The session will focus on best practices, as well as the mistakes that should be avoided. Speakers and specific topics that will be covered include: Anne Marie Dowd, Executive Vice President, Legislative and Defense Sector, MassDevelopment — lessons learned from BRAC 2005 and Massachusetts’ $177 million bond bill …

Willow Grove LRA Selects Five Firms for Master Developer Competition

  • May 27, 2014
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove last week selected five firms to vie to become the master developer of the 862-acre site located north of Philadelphia. A total of 11 firms responded to the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority’s request for qualifications. The five finalists, which will have until Aug. 4 to respond to a request for proposals, are: Catellus Development Corp., Oakland, Calif.; Hankin Group, Exton, Pa.; a team composed of K. Hovnanian, Edison, N.J., Basser-Kaufman, Woodmere, N.Y., Oxford Properties Group of Canada and Korman Communities, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; Lennar Corp., Miami; and Toll Brothers, Horsham, Pa. …

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