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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Puerto Rico Selects Master Developer for Roosevelt Roads

  • January 5, 2015
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The Puerto Rican government last month picked Arlington, Va.-based Clark Realty Capital to transform 3,000 acres at the former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads into a $3.2 billion mixed-used development focused on eco-tourism. The 30-year project proposed by Clark calls for hotels, housing, offices, retail stores, restaurants, a light industrial area, a cruise ship port, a marina, a terminal for high-speed ferries, schools, golf courses and other uses. The Roosevelt Roads LRA selected Clark over two other candidates — Uruguay-based Ariel Investment and Puerto Rico-based OHorizons …

Defense Bill Eliminates Army’s Authority to Shutter Arsenals

  • December 21, 2014
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The Army secretary no longer can rely on a pre-Civil War authority to close arsenals without congressional approval, after President Obama signed the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill into law last week. The provision, originally part of the version of the legislation passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee, eliminates the ability of the secretary of the Army to close any arsenal considered unnecessary. The Army has five arsenals: Picatinny, N.J.; Redstone, Ala.; Rock Island, Ill.; Rocky Mountain, Colo.; and Watervliet, N.Y. …

Fort Monroe LRA Negotiates Property Transfers with Army, Park Service

  • December 21, 2014
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The Fort Monroe Authority is in the midst of negotiations with the Army over how much it will pay for a portion of the property that did not automatically revert to the commonwealth of Virginia after the post was closed. The Army is insisting the state pay for parts built up after the two signed the reversion clause in the 1830s, including the marina and land Army engineers constructed along Mill Creek, reported the Daily Press. On Thursday, the authority’s board indicated they “support the compromise” under discussion …

No Draft Required: States Increasingly Volunteer to Support Military Installations, ADC Report Reveals

  • December 19, 2014
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State support for military installations has grown steadily over the past two decades, marked by a sharp increase in the number of states forming organizations dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their bases, along with an expansion in the amount and kinds of support invested, according to a new report from the Association of Defense Communities. Only a few states had military affairs organizations prior to 1990, but now 34 states have such organizations. Much of the growth has occurred since the 2005 round of base closures, with the looming threat to military installations resulting from stringent spending caps on the Pentagon’s budget and significant excess capacity in DOD’s infrastructure accounting for the heightened awareness on the state level of the importance of defense facilities …

To Avoid BRAC Fate, Purchase Leased Buildings, Orlando Officials Say

  • December 18, 2014
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To ensure Orlando does not lose its defense simulation cluster, state funds should be used to purchase the buildings where those organizations are now leasing space, industry officials told a regional economic development group this week. Thomas Baptiste, CEO of the National Center for Simulation, told the Central Florida Partnership that he fears DOD could end its leases in Orlando and move to other federal or military sites that have spare capacity. “The risk is that the Team Orlando workforce has outgrown the infrastructure …

Dayton Groups Seek Federal Funds to Diversify Economy

  • December 18, 2014
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With Wright-Patterson Air Force Base bracing for the possibility of downsizing as the Pentagon struggles to meet stringent spending caps, local officials in the Miami Valley region of Ohio plan to apply to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment for a diversification planning grant ranging from $4 million to $6 million. The Dayton Development Coalition, Montgomery County and Wright State University want to use the grant to help diversify the region’s economy ahead of looming federal budget cuts and a prospective BRAC round. Wright-Patt supports 27,500 workers directly and thousands of contractor positions, reported the Dayton Business Journal. The development coalition has been trying to protect jobs at the installation. Tenant organizations at Wright-Patt support many local research companies and organizations, including the University of Dayton Research Institute.

Closed Bases Find New Niche — Test Sites for Autonomous Vehicles

  • December 16, 2014
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One installation closed through BRAC 2005 recently reached an agreement allowing Mercedes-Benz to use its roads to test driverless cars, while another shuttered in the same round is discussing the possibility of providing space for testing and development of autonomous vehicles to a Princeton University research group. In October, the city of Concord, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and the Navy licensed Mercedes-Benz to use the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California as a test site. The automobile manufacturer will test other related technology as well, including traffic signals designed to communicate with self-driving cars …

Obama Stops at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

  • December 15, 2014
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While President Obama on Monday thanked U.S. troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., for supporting the fight against both Ebola in West Africa and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, discussions about the installation and the looming threat of base closure lurked in the background. “This is one of our nation’s premier joint military bases,” Obama told thousands of service members in an aircraft hangar …

Cannon AFB Adds 600-Acre Parcel Courtesy of State

  • December 14, 2014
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The state of New Mexico recently purchased 600 acres adjacent to Cannon Air Force Base and donated it to the Air Force, the community support group for the installation said last week. The transaction stems from the effort spearheaded by the Clovis Committee of 50 to save the base located in eastern New Mexico from closure during the 2005 BRAC round. The group had argued that Cannon’s key assets included a lack of encroachment and the availability of land for future growth. At the urging of local officials, then-Gov. Bill Richardson approved a $5 million grant to purchase land and water rights to benefit the installation …

Deed Signing Marks First Transfer at Walter Reed

  • December 11, 2014
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Officials from the District of Columbia and the Army held a ceremonial signing Wednesday of a deed transferring a building at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, marking the first transfer of land at the hospital campus to the city. After demolishing the building, the District plans to construct a $12 million fire station. “My administration has worked closely with the Army to acquire Walter Reed so that we can begin transforming this historic campus into a vibrant destination that meets the needs and desires of the neighboring community …

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