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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

EPA Removes Much of MCAS El Toro from Superfund List

  • January 28, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed more than 1,900 acres at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro from the federal Superfund list, a move that should provide a boost to efforts by the city of Irvine and FivePoint Communities to transform the Southern California base into the Orange County Great Park and thousands of homes. The decision comes after the Navy and local water agencies spent $165 million on soil removal and groundwater treatment to clean up contamination left over from aircraft maintenance and repair, reported the Los Angeles Times. As a consequence, only 600 acres at the 4,700-acre air base remain on the list of the nation’s most hazardous sites …

Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority Issues RFQ for Master Developer

  • January 27, 2014
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The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a master developer for 862 acres at the former Naval Air Station – Joint Reserve Base (NAS-JRB) Willow Grove located in Horsham, Pa. The NAS-JRB Willow Grove redevelopment plan is focused on the creation of job generating uses through a variety of mixed uses …

Forest City Drops out of Ft. McPherson Reuse Project

  • January 27, 2014
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Forest City Enterprises severed ties with the effort to convert the former Fort McPherson in southwestern Atlanta into a mixed-use, walkable community, the company said last week. The departure of Cleveland-based Forest City still leaves two local firms involved with the redevelopment of the 486-acre site — Cousins Properties and Integral Group. “We’re local. We’re not going anywhere,” said Larry Gellerstedt, chief executive of Cousins Properties …

State Funding Could Bolster Ft. Bragg’s Standing in Next BRAC Round

  • January 26, 2014
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Fort Bragg most likely isn’t in danger of suffering the loss of any significant mission in a future BRAC, but installation leadership and the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance wants to shore up several weaknesses that could prevent the post from benefiting from the next base closure round. One shortcoming is the poor road infrastructure of the Fayetteville, N.C., post, garrison commander Col. Jeffrey Sanborn said at the alliance’s annual meeting Friday. Of Fort Bragg’s 57 major intersections, 42 are considered failed or failing …

Pease AFB Redevelopment Nears Completion

  • January 22, 2014
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The Pease Development Authority is approaching a major milestone as officials have revealed that only 60 acres remain available for development at the former Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, N.H. Since the base was shuttered in 1991, over 250 companies and about 7,800 workers have made Pease International Tradeport home. “The Air Force base contributed about $100 million to the local economy each year,” said David Mullen, executive director of the Pease Development Authority. “We contribute about five times that now …

Bill Would Give Indiana Communities New Tool to Support Military Installations

  • January 22, 2014
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Legislation intended to provide communities an additional tool to support a neighboring military installation advanced last week in the Indiana Senate. The measure would allow local redevelopment commissions to spend money to support, promote or expand federal facilities, reported the Journal Gazette. It would allow communities to improve a base’s infrastructure, including roads and buildings, said State Sen. Jim Banks (R). Banks cited the possibility that Fort Wayne could take advantage of the legislation to bolster its case for retaining the Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing. “This is our opportunity to tell the federal government we are serious about keeping that investment in our state,” Banks said. Senate Bill 260 now moves to the full Senate.

Air Force Turns over Last Parcel at Griffiss AFB

  • January 22, 2014
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The Air Force on Tuesday transferred the last available piece of federally-owned land at the former Griffiss AFB to the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency, marking a significant milestone in the conversion of the central New York state installation into a thriving business park. ‘This achievement is a major step in completing the redevelopment of the Griffiss Business and Technology Park,” said Michael McDermott, BRAC environmental coordinator for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center …

Orlando Leaders Need State Money to Protect Simulation Cluster

  • January 22, 2014
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Central Florida leaders plan to ask state lawmakers for funding to expand an Orlando research park that is home to key components of the region’s defense simulation cluster, as part of an effort to stave off a possible move by DOD to realign those assets to other locations with simulation and training specialties. A coalition of political, education and business leaders is hoping to add a $60 million complex to the Central Florida Research Park that would be leased at no cost to the military. Most importantly, the new facilities would provide space for DOD to expand at the park …

Arizona Governor Highlights Need to Protect Luke AFB from Encroachment

  • January 20, 2014
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In two speeches last week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said she would urge the state legislature to provide funding for the purchase of buffers around the state’s military installations needed to protect them from urban encroachment. “This year, I am calling on the legislature to renew support for the Military Installation Fund,” Brewer said. “That money will be used specifically to mitigate property encroachment and preserve military land use projects — without throwing that financial burden on private property owners …

Willow Grove LRA Prepares to Negotiate with Navy over Property Transfer

  • January 17, 2014
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove approved its economic development conveyance application Wednesday, marking the first step in the process to obtain 862 acres at the base from the Navy. Next up will be negotiations between the two parties over the value of the property and other terms.The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority could obtain the first parcel at the air base before the end of the calendar year …

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