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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Senate Appropriators Lend Support for Revising HUBZone Program

  • July 24, 2014
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A proposal to ease requirements for tenants at closed installations to qualify for the HUBZone program — a Small Business Administration (SBA) initiative offering preferential access to federal procurements to businesses in distressed areas — has picked up the endorsement of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The legislative change was added to the Senate version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill before the Armed Services Committee approved the measure in May. The language would expand the geographic boundaries of HUBZones at BRAC sites to include the town or county where the installation is located, or census tracts contiguous to the installation …

Growth Lags behind BRAC Projections outside Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • July 24, 2014
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Optimistic projections that BRAC-fueled growth would bring more than 18,000 contractor jobs and create demand for dozens of office buildings outside of Aberdeen Proving Ground have not been met since the installation in northeast Maryland was identified as the destination of R&D activities from other locations nine years ago. “We just haven’t seen the transformation of Aberdeen itself that a lot of people thought we would see,” Scott Dorsey, CEO of Merritt Properties LLC, told the Baltimore Sun. In 2008, Merritt purchased land in Aberdeen for five buildings, but so far has completed only one; it currently is empty …

House Readiness Chair Reiterates Stance on New BRAC Round

  • July 23, 2014
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At a summit on maintaining military readiness under spending constraints, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, reiterated his position that Congress shouldn’t consider approving a new round of base closures until the Pentagon clarifies the future direction of force structure and its objectives for the next BRAC. “And if we’re going to get this right, we need to finish some things, we need to understand where’s end strength going to end up, how are we going to properly resource in the face of sequester, in the face of transitioning out of [the overseas contingency operations account] …

New Jersey Adopts Comprehensive Approach to BRAC

  • July 21, 2014
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The state of New Jersey has launched a wide-ranging effort to stave off closures of its major installations in a future BRAC round, with state and elected officials joining with other stakeholders to preserve Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the Picatinny Arsenal. Earlier this year, Gov. Chris Christie approved $200,000 in the state budget for the Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force, headed by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. “We have to be amazingly proactive in . . . growing the missions at our bases …

State-Funded Boiler Trims Energy Use at Groton Sub Base

  • July 20, 2014
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Connecticut officials visited Naval Submarine Base New London on Thursday to mark the Navy’s first use of a $3 million natural gas and ultra-low sulfur diesel boiler the state paid for several years ago. The steam and hot water boiler and a second one the Navy recently purchased are 40 percent more efficient than the boilers they replaced, reported the Day. “It’s great; we advanced the base from 1960s technology to current technology, so that is just a tremendous leap forward in efficiency,” said Bob Ross, executive director of the state’s Office of Military Affairs …

Rival Files Lawsuit to Block Ft. McPherson Sale to Filmmaker

  • July 20, 2014
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An Atlanta entertainment company last week filed a federal lawsuit against the LRA for the former Fort McPherson seeking to block the sale of much of the 488-acre post to filmmaker Tyler Perry. In the suit, Ubiquitous Entertainment Studios states that it had met with the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority about purchasing 80 acres for a “movie studio entertainment complex” in 2011, but was told officials couldn’t negotiate until the Army transferred the property …

Towns’ Support Builds for Measure to Overhaul South Weymouth Reuse

  • July 20, 2014
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With a July 31 deadline looming for the Massachusetts Legislature to approve a measure to strip authority from the LRA responsible for the reuse of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth located 20 miles outside of Boston, officials in two of the base’s three neighboring towns so far are supporting the proposal sponsored by the project’s master developer. The plan put forward by Starwood Land Ventures would shift responsibility for public services and property tax revenue to the surrounding communities of Weymouth, Abington and Rockland, while giving Starwood more flexibility regarding the pace of the project …

Ft. Meade Neighbor Growing, but Failing to Meet BRAC Expectations

  • July 18, 2014
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Following the 2005 round of BRAC, planners predicted Laurel, Md., would benefit from the influx of growth slated for nearby Fort Meade, and the city approved a number of apartments and housing developments to accommodate the surge. Nine years later, it’s clear that the projections missed the mark as Laurel’s population only climbed by 4,000 to 26,000 currently. The recession that took hold several years after the last BRAC played a major role in limiting new development in the city, but so did the decision by many personnel relocating to Fort Meade to commute rather than move closer to their new post …

Measure Keeping BRAC Documents Secret Goes to North Carolina Governor

  • July 17, 2014
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Documents used by North Carolina officials pertaining to the state’s military installations in relation to a BRAC round can be withheld from public view, under the final version of legislation approved unanimously by both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly on Wednesday. The measure now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory (R) for his signature. State Rep. Elmer Floyd (D), whose district includes Fort Bragg, said the bill would exempt information about the state’s strategy in a future base closure round from being disclosed through state public records laws and public meeting laws, reported the Fayetteville Observer. The Military Lands Protection Act also strengthens laws preventing tall structures from being built within five miles of an installation if the military opposes the project.

Presidio Trust Completes 15-Year Cleanup Program

  • July 17, 2014
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With only a little fanfare, the Presidio Trust, the federal agency responsible for transforming the historic Army post into a national park site, hit a critical milestone this spring when it completed the $172 million environmental remediation program set out when the Army transferred management of the cleanup of the San Francisco installation to the Trust in 1999. Since then, the Trust has cleaned up more than 200 hazardous waste sites within the 1,500-acre National Historic Landmark outlined in a consent agreement with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control …

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