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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Redevelopment Forum to Take Close Look at Keys to Achieving Sustainable Development

  • September 18, 2013
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Successful redevelopment projects, whether on a former military base or a large urban infill project, rely on a careful balancing of a variety of possible alternatives, including upgrading infrastructure, leasing existing facilities, new development, historic preservation and maintaining open space. Allocate your effort and resources effectively and you may achieve the ultimate goal — sustainable growth …

Lt. Governor Urges Panel to Protect Economic Impact of Pennsylvania’s Installations

  • September 17, 2013
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At the first meeting of the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley urged the panel’s members to proactively advocate for the state’s 12 military installations. “There is profound competition that is going on right now,” Cawley said at the meeting held at Fort Indiantown Gap, reported the Patriot News. “Other states are doing the same thing that we are doing here. Every one of these states has a strong case to be made. Ours must be the strongest …

Plans Advance to Turn Ft. Monroe into Monument, Commercial Property

  • September 16, 2013
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Twin planning efforts to turn the former Fort Monroe into a unit of the National Park Service and a mixed-use campus are expected to come to fruition shortly. Next week, the Fort Monroe Authority’s planning advisory group will review a draft master plan for the historic post located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The document will outline a plan to preserve the property’s character, chronicle the site’s history and help make its operation economically sustainable …

Winnefeld Chastises Congress for Blocking New BRAC Round

  • September 16, 2013
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Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld last week sharpened the Pentagon’s argument for a new BRAC round by pointing out that only a small part of the cost to implement the 2005 round went toward closing bases. “Were you aware that, contrary to the popular narrative, the closure part of the 2005 BRAC only cost us $6 billion and is now saving us almost $4 billion per year, and we need new closures desperately?” he said during an event hosted by the Association of the United States Army …

Amid Sequestration, Holding Steady Can Be Considered Success, Consultant Says

  • September 12, 2013
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Maintaining current missions at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, is a worthy aspiration amid the current fiscal climate in Washington, a consultant told the community support group for the facility also known as the Lima Army Tank Plant. There is value in keeping what you have, CBD Advisors’ Matt Kambic, a retired Army major general, told members of Task Force Lima last week, especially if other communities are less fortunate. CBD was hired by the Dayton Development Coalition to develop a federal retention strategy for Ohio’s military and NASA assets, reported the Lima News. In the 2005 BRAC round, the task force was successful in keeping the Lima plant open. DOD only trimmed its infrastructure by 3 percent in 2005, but Kambic told the group he believes cuts will more significant in the next base closure round.

The Secret to Building Community Support for Redevelopment Projects

  • September 10, 2013
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With community support a critical prerequisite for any successful large-scale redevelopment project, LRA directors and master developers can find themselves committing much of their day to dealing with local officials and other stakeholders. The challenge is managing your relationship with officials and other members of the community in the most effective way that still allows you to pay attention to the other important aspects of your project …

NAS Whidbey Island Support Group “Makes a Difference,” Lawmaker Says

  • September 9, 2013
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Washington Rep. Rick Larsen told (D) told business leaders and other officials in Oak Harbor last week that their support for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is making a difference and is helping to ensure that the installation’s future is “secure.” Kathy Reed, executive director of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, said she has “99 percent” confidence that Larsen is correct. “The base is too strategically located for the Department of Defense to give it up, especially with the current administration’s focus on the Asia-Pacific region,” Reed told the Whidbey News-Times. One concern, though, is a Central Whidbey group’s campaign to suspend use of Outlying Field Coupeville by the naval air station for landing practice. Given the level of negative press surrounding the outlying field, it’s even more important that Pentagon officials see how much support there is for the base, Reed said.

First Homes under Way at Hunters Point

  • September 9, 2013
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More than two months after the former Hunters Point Shipyard hosted a historic groundbreaking, construction of 88 new homes on an initial 25-acre site in the southeast corner of San Francisco is moving ahead. “There’s nothing legal hanging over the project and it’s fully entitled, so now it’s full steam ahead,” said Wells Lawson, the city’s project manager …

Aircraft Repair Firm to Relocate to Brunswick Landing

  • September 4, 2013
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The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) has landed a new tenant that is expected to bolster the LRA’s plans to convert the former Naval Air Station Brunswick into a high-tech campus focusing on aviation, renewable energy and advanced composites. Tempus Jets will lease nearly 35,000 square feet of hangar and office space to move its aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business from Newport News, Va., to Brunswick Executive Airport, the firm announced Wednesday …

It’s Not Just the Economy, Stupid!

  • September 3, 2013
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It’s no secret that real estate market has been hurt by the nation’s slow recovery from the Great Recession and that developers remain cautious amid hobbled credit markets and uncertainty regarding federal spending. But amid those global factors, a variety of emerging “super trends” are taking hold, offering guidance for LRA directors and other economic development professionals involved in complex and large-scale redevelopment projects …

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