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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Process Needed to Settle Disagreements over BRAC Cleanup Requirements, DOD IG Says

  • August 6, 2013
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The Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management should establish a dispute resolution plan to settle disagreements over cleanup requirements at BRAC sites among the Army, Environmental Protection Agency, state officials and local redevelopment authorities, according to a report released Tuesday by the DOD Inspector General (IG). The recommendation stems from a review of increased costs and delays incurred in cleaning up and transferring property at three Army ammunition plants — Kansas; Lone Star, Texas; and Riverbank, Calif. — and two chemical depots — Newport, Ind., and Umatilla, Ore. — closed under BRAC 2005 …

Havelock Officials Remain Vigilant in Defense of MCAS Cherry Point

  • August 4, 2013
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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and the surrounding region of eastern North Carolina offer the military multiple assets, a narrative that officials should not keep a secret. “We need to tell our story first,” Pete Rose, a partner of the Franklin Partnership, told the Havelock Board of Commissioners last week. “He who tells their story first controls the narrative,” said Rose …

ADC Forum to Focus on Challenges Associated with Large-Scale Redevelopment

  • August 4, 2013
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In seven weeks, ADC will hold its inaugural Base Redevelopment Forum in Portland, Maine, a three-day event designed to support the needs of economic development professionals involved in complex and large-scale redevelopment projects. The event will be far different from past ADC conferences — and not just because of its focus on redevelopment issues — but because the programming will be centered around the “tools of the trade” that redevelopment authorities need to succeed, including functional and leadership skills as well as a broader understanding of current trends …

Puerto Rican Airport Selected for FAA’s Military Airport Program

  • August 1, 2013
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José Aponte de la Torre Airport, which opened in November 2008 on the site of the former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico, was selected last month by the Federal Aviation Administration for its fiscal 2013 Military Airport Program (MAP). The José Aponte de la Torre Airport, located on the eastern tip of Puerto Rico in Ceiba, is a primary commercial service, non-hub airport that is being redesignated to the program for five years. Its participation in MAP will permit the construction of a fuel farm, rehabilitation of hangar facilities, utility improvements and other conversion projects, according to an FAA fact sheet …

Liberty Station: A Mixed-Use Community Grows out of Stunning Closure Decision

  • July 29, 2013
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In the 20 years since the BRAC Commission called for the closure of Naval Training Center San Diego, the city in partnership with master developer Corky McMillin Cos. has turned the historic base into a beautiful mixed-use redevelopment complete with housing, offices, retail and open space. Several features at what is now known as Liberty Station stand out, according to a commentary in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The city conveyed some of the site back to the Navy to provide 500 units of enlisted housing. The city wanted to recognize the Navy’s legacy and the Village at NTC blends seamlessly into the rest of the project …

Local Funding Needed to Strengthen Position of West Virginia Air Guard Base

  • July 28, 2013
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State and county funding to build a new access road to Charleston Air National Guard Base, W.Va., would help secure the long-term future of the base’s 130th Airlift Wing, according to a board member of Yeager Airport, where the unit is based. The $7 million to $9 million project, which requires the construction of a bridge, would provide a new access route to the base, allowing closure of the current public road serving the facility. The existing route poses a security risk to the base, a factor which almost resulted in the base’s closure during the 2005 round of BRAC …

EDC Application for Willow Grove Property Remains on Track

  • July 25, 2013
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove believes it will be able to submit its economic development conveyance application to the Navy by the end of the calendar year. Matrix Design Group, the redevelopment authority’s consultant, now is working on market analyses, and traffic and environmental studies for the site located outside of Philadelphia, reported the Hatboro-Horsham Patch. When those studies are completed, the firm will work with the LRA’s board on a business plan. The LRA plans to acquire the air station property and act as its master developer.

Spending Bill Amendment Aimed at Underutilized Facilities

  • July 24, 2013
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Language adopted Tuesday by House lawmakers barring the Defense Department from spending money maintaining facilities it no longer uses is intended to eliminate wasteful spending, according to the office of Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy, who sponsored the amendment. The provision, approved during debate over the fiscal 2014 defense appropriations measure, is not targeted at installations closed through BRAC …

Governor Renames Massachusetts Military Reservation

  • July 23, 2013
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In a rebranding effort partly aimed at better positioning the Massachusetts Military Reservation for a future BRAC round or other downsizing initiatives, Gov. Deval Patrick (D) last week signed an executive order changing the name of the commonwealth’s largest installation to Joint Base Cape Cod. More generally, the move is intended to more accurately reflect the ongoing missions and collaborative partnerships happening on the 22,000-acre base, and to support the base commanders’ desire to link themselves more closely together …

Lawmakers Reject Attempt to Tack on BRAC Ban to Spending Bill

  • July 23, 2013
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House lawmakers Tuesday night rejected an amendment prohibiting the Pentagon from spending funds from the fiscal 2014 defense appropriations bill to propose, plan for or carry out a new base closure round. The vote comes as a surprise as similar language previously was added on the House floor to the military construction-veterans affairs spending measure last month. The same ban also is included in the House version of the FY 2014 defense authorization bill …

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