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State Senate Passes Bill to Make Pennsylvania Base Commission Permanent

  • October 10, 2014
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The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday moved to protect the commonwealth’s installations from future Pentagon realignments, approving a measure to permanently establish the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission. “As other states commit tens of millions of dollars to boost their own military installations, our state government must make a concerted effort to ensure the Department of Defense continues to recognize the value of our facilities,” said state Sen. Richard Alloway II (R), who serves as co-chairman of the Military Installations and Base Development Caucus. The commission was originally established by an executive order in 2012 to explore strategies to preserve and enhance the state’s installations ahead of a future BRAC …

Monterey Leaders Form Group to Support Area Installations

  • October 9, 2014
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With a BRAC round looming and the Pentagon forced to slash expenses, a group of elected officials and community leaders from California’s Monterey Peninsula have formed an alliance to advocate for the region’s military missions and defense facilities. The Monterey Regional Defense Alliance is an effort to broaden support for local defense facilities — including the Presidio of Monterey/Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School — beyond the city of Monterey, said Mary Ann Leffel, president of the Monterey County Business Council. A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of the region’s installations now underway by the city likely will be one the alliance’s first agenda items, reports the Monterey Herald. About 10,000 people are employed in the local defense sector, generating a $1.4 billion annual economic impact. “The closure of one or more of these installations would be potentially catastrophic,” said Dino Pick, deputy city manager for the city.

County Continues Effort to Protect New Jersey Base from Encroachment

  • October 8, 2014
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The Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund is purchasing a 167-acre tract outside of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, extending the community’s effort to provide a buffer for the central New Jersey installation. In recent years, the county and the Pentagon have partnered to protect 13 properties totaling 8,574 acres neighboring the base, which sits in Burlington and Ocean counties, reported the Messenger-Press. DOD has provided $6.1 million out of a total cost of $14.8 million to purchase the properties. The purchase of another 11 properties by the base totaling 2,536 acres is pending …

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit against Ft. McPherson Sale

  • October 8, 2014
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A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit from an Atlanta entertainment company seeking to block the sale of 330 acres at the former Fort McPherson to filmmaker Tyler Perry, ruling it was too early for the court to hear the case. Ubiquitous Entertainment Studios claimed it had met with the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority about purchasing 80 acres for a movie studio entertainment complex in 2011 — before the city of Atlanta entered discussions with Perry — but was told officials couldn’t negotiate until the Army transferred the property. The suit, filed in July, accuses the authority of violating its bylaws when it offered the property to Perry outside of a public competition …

Concord Residents to Learn about Developer Proposals for Weapons Station in January

  • October 8, 2014
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The city of Concord, Calif., is planning to hold a public meeting in January for the City Council and residents to learn about the reuse plans proposed by the four candidates vying to become the master developer for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. The proposals are due in late November. All four teams — Catellus Development Corp., FivePoint Communities/Lennar, J.F. Shea Co. and SunCal — have significant experience in base redevelopment, reported the Contra Costa Times. The Concord Reuse Project Area Plan calls for a mix of residential, office and commercial uses on about 2,300 acres near the North Concord BART station, while preserving 69 percent of the site for open space and recreational use. Separately, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and Mercedes-Benz last week announced a partnership to test self-driving vehicles and new transportation technology on the nearly 20 miles of paved roadways on the base, according to the story.

Decision to Remove Fencing at Federal City Troubles Military Families

  • October 7, 2014
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A recent decision by the Algiers Development District to remove perimeter fencing surrounding the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans has upset many of the almost 200 military families who live in Navy housing located inside the Federal City project. Local officials intended to open up the Federal City project to the public to make it more attractive to prospective tenants. The families, who are now concerned about their safety, believed the fencing would remain until many of the existing buildings on the campus had tenants, reports the Times-Picayune. To date, most of the former Navy buildings are vacant …

California Legislation May Provide Boost to Reuse Efforts at Closed Bases

  • October 6, 2014
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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a series of bills last week designed to help municipalities promote economic development, including one allowing cities and counties to form an infrastructure financing district to finance projects at former military bases. The bills were needed to help municipalities continue to finance transit facilities, water systems and other infrastructure via tax-increment financing after the state dissolved its redevelopment agencies in 2011. Infrastructure financing districts are a similar tool to the redevelopment agencies previously used; however, they require a public vote before bonds can be issued. Brown dissolved redevelopment agencies to close the state’s budget deficit and preserve funding for local services …

Ft. Monmouth LRA to Auction Kitchen Sinks, All Other Buildings’ Contents

  • October 6, 2014
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The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority began a series of auctions last week to sell furniture, machinery and other equipment inside or attached to buildings slated to be demolished at the former installation located close to the New Jersey coast. The authority hired an auctioneer to a two-year contract, with a one-year extension, as the Army continues to turn over facilities to the LRA. The money collected, minus the portion going to the auction company, will be reinvested in the redevelopment, reported NJ.com. “As the state takes title to different areas of redevelopment, if there are any items to be sold, we’ll sell them …

Air Force Pays City to Find New Water Source due to Contamination at Former Pease AFB

  • October 6, 2014
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The Air Force has agreed to pay the city of Portsmouth, N.H., $154,000 for the initial costs of finding a new water supply due to the contamination of a city well at Pease International Tradeport, the former Pease Air Force Base. The agreement follows the discovery in May of elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), which the EPA classifies as a “contaminant of emerging concern,” reports Seacoastonline.com. “This is our number one priority at Pease,” Peter Forbes, the Air Force’s environmental coordinator for the former base, said of the investigation and tests officials have conducted since the contaminant’s discovery. Stephen TerMaath, BRAC division chief, said the Air Force has been working closely with the EPA and the state Department of Environmental Services “to develop a long-term plan for addressing PFCs at Pease.”

BRAC is Coming, Principi Says

  • October 6, 2014
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Anthony Principi, chairman of the 2005 BRAC Commission, is convinced a new base closure round will be held in the next five years. “At some point, Congress is going to have to authorize a BRAC” commission, Principi told Seacoastonline last week. “I’ve seen the trepidation [of base closures] first-hand, and I know [a BRAC round] can create an anxious time for communities. But the bottom line is that there’s a lot of excess military infrastructure, and it’s costly,” he said. The paper interviewed Principi ahead of his visit today, along with Maine gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud (D), to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. Principi last visited the shipyard during the 2005 BRAC round. The commission later voted to take it off the closure list. At the time, he said it was “the premiere public shipyard. It should be the gold standard by which we should measure other shipyards.” Principi told the paper he is confident Portsmouth will survive a future BRAC.

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