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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

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 …

Foreign Investment Should Be a Key Part of Your Redevelopment Strategy

  • August 22, 2013
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One oft forgotten source of prospective investment in redevelopment projects is foreign-owned companies. At next month’s inaugural Base Redevelopment Forum, economic development experts will introduce the basics of attracting foreign investment to large-scale redevelopment projects, including base reuse projects …

Residents Offer Reuse Ideas for Ft. Ritchie

  • August 20, 2013
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The former Fort Ritchie, located in Maryland just south of the Pennsylvania border, should be converted into a mixed-use development with job-generating commercial space, along with retail and housing, according to a survey of local residents conducted by the Herald-Mail. At a public meeting held earlier this month, residents learned the results of a study of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the reuse of the 591-acre property. Lack of outstanding debt, appropriate zoning, and community and political support were cited as strengths …

Plan in Place to Secure Future of W.Va. Air Base, Governor Says

  • August 20, 2013
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Charleston Air National Guard Base would get a new access road and practice airstrip, under a plan announced Monday by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) to address concerns raised during the 2005 round of BRAC and secure the future of the 130th Airlift Wing. Building a new access route to the base — which requires construction of a bridge over the Elk River — would allow officials to close the current public road serving the facility. That route currently poses a security risk to the base …

Bayonne City Council Assumes Responsibility for Reuse at Ocean Terminal

  • August 19, 2013
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The Bayonne (N.J.) City Council will take over responsibility for redeveloping the former 432-acre Military Ocean Terminal Bayonne, after voting last week to dissolve the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority. The council had introduced the resolution earlier, but it needed the approval of the New Jersey Local Finance Board before the dissolution could become final, reported the Jersey Journal. The council also voted to issue a $75 million bond to pay off the LRA’s outstanding debt …

Inspector General Cites Geospatial Agency for Violating BRAC Law

  • August 19, 2013
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By failing to close one of its leased facilities in northern Virginia, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) did not comply with the BRAC 2005 recommendations and spent $11.4 million that could have been avoided, according to a report released last week by the DOD Inspector General (IG). The last BRAC round called for the NGA to close multiple sites primarily in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs of Washington and relocate those offices to what is now the NGA Campus East at Fort Belvoir, Va. Instead, the agency continued operations at the leased facility in Newington, claiming it did not have the authority to close it, according to the IG report …

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