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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

It’s Time to ‘Fortify Our Bases,’ New Jersey Officials Say

  • July 16, 2015
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With the looming threat of a new BRAC round or the loss of critical missions due to belt-tightening at the Pentagon, New Jersey needs to take steps now to strengthen its installations, according to an op-ed by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) that appeared in the Record on Wednesday. “The time has come to face the threat of BRAC and take earnest steps to avoid closure or mission loss,” the two said. “BRAC and mission realignments short of a full BRAC are a threat, and New Jersey must position itself in the best possible manner against it.” Last week, the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force released a series of recommendations designed to shield the state’s four installations — Picatinny Arsenal, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Naval Weapons Station Earle and the 177th Fighter Wing in Atlantic City — from downsizing …

McCain Worried about President’s Veto Threat on Policy Bill

  • July 16, 2015
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The fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill includes critical reforms to the military retirement system and DOD’s procurement process and will require drastic reductions in headquarters and management personnel, but it may not become law since President Obama has threatened to veto it, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said during remarks delivered at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he received the most recent threat during a phone call with Defense Secretary Ash Carter, reported Stars and Stripes. “So, we just have a difference of opinion,” he said. “I am very concerned the president will veto it. It is a great concern to me …

Pulte Homes Closes on Development at SouthField

  • July 16, 2015
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Pulte Homes this week closed on the first phase of a new neighborhood at the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth that will feature 108 housing units in one of the first major steps taken by the project’s new master developer to turn the base located outside of Boston into a master-planned community. The development will include 81 single-family homes and 27 townhouses on 34 acres at SouthField, according to a press release from master developer LStar Communities. Units will range from 1,800 to 2,200 square feet and will predominantly feature two to three bedrooms, with a few four-bedroom units. Transit access will be a key component of the project, with pedestrian paths planned to connect the neighborhood to the South Weymouth commuter rail station. Construction is expected to be completed over the next two years …

Communities Likely to Recover from Loss of Military Presence, Researcher Says

  • July 12, 2015
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As about two dozen communities contemplate the impact of the Army’s announcement last week about new force reductions, a Cato Institute researcher highlights the ability of regions coping with significant cuts in military spending to bounce back. “Communities do adapt and recover, some more quickly than others, and many emerge after the transition period with a robust and more diversified economic base,” Christopher Preble, Cato’s vice president for defense and foreign policy studies, writes in a blog post. Preble’s preliminary conclusion comes at approximately the midway point of a research project assessing how communities responded after local bases were closed through either the BRAC process or other means. He also is looking at the impact of the closure of privately owned and operated facilities that primarily supplied DOD customers …

Congressional Tide Has Turned on BRAC, Smith Says

  • July 10, 2015
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Congressional opposition to approving a new round of base closures is loosening, even as this year’s Congress has resisted the Obama administration’s request for a BRAC in 2017, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday. “The hostility, the notion that this was completely unacceptable, which existed about a year ago is not there anymore amongst my fellow members is the way I would put it,” Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.), the most prominent advocate in Congress for a BRAC round, told reporters. Smith dismissed all of the standard arguments, saying they had run their course …

Pending Army Cuts Underscore Changing Attitudes about BRAC

  • July 8, 2015
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With the Army expected this week to identify up to 30 installations that could lose thousands of personnel, defense communities are bracing for the worst. “We’re on pins and needles,” Carl McLaughlin, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, told the Washington Post. “To not create a Detroit-like scenario, we cannot lose soldiers. We’ll feel every soldier we lose,” McLaughlin said. A worst case outcome for Fort Drum would mean the loss of 16,000 soldiers and civilians at the post in New York’s North Country. Counting spouses and children, a third of Jefferson County’s population could disappear …

Filmmaker’s Offer Prompts SouthField Developer to Renovate Navy Hangar

  • July 8, 2015
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In a reversal of plans, LStar Management, which assumed control of the redevelopment of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station in May, has decided to renovate an old Navy hangar for filmmakers after it was approached by a company interested in using the space to make a movie. Instead of demolishing the 33,000-square-foot hangar as part of its plan for turning the Boston-area site into SouthField, the project’s latest master developer has been readying the hangar for the movie maker, reported Wicked Local Weymouth. The first phase of the renovation will cost about a half-million dollars and covers remediation of the soil and lead paint, and the replacement of 400 broken windows, said LStar managing partner Kyle Corkum. A second phase would upgrade an office attached to the hangar …

Guidance on Prevailing Wage Rate Rule to Benefit Redevelopment at Ft. Monmouth

  • July 7, 2015
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Recent guidance from New Jersey’s attorney general’s office concluding that the state’s prevailing wage rate rules do not universally apply to new construction at Fort Monmouth should help the LRA reach sales and redevelopment agreements with developers for a variety of projects at the former post. Prevailing wage requirements will apply only if a project includes public work or if the developer receives financial assistance from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) or any state entity, reported Word on the Shore. “The updated language reflects how FMERA now reviews contracts and projects on a case-by-case basis to determine the applicability of prevailing wage requirements in each case,” said Rachel Goemaat, spokesperson for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority …

Florida Grants to Help Communities Strengthen Local Installations

  • July 5, 2015
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Thirteen defense communities in Florida will receive more than $3 million to enhance 19 installations through a variety of activities, Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced last week. The bulk of the funding, $2.5 million, was awarded through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs, according to a release from the governor’s office. Eleven counties received a total of $850,000 in defense reinvestment grants, which support relationships between military installations and their community and promote economic diversification strategies in defense-dependent communities. Nine counties were awarded a total of $1.6 million in defense infrastructure grants for encroachment, transportation and access, utilities, communications, environment and security projects …

Sale of Officer Housing to Result in Ft. Monmouth’s First Residential Project

  • July 5, 2015
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The LRA for the former Fort Monmouth last month approved the sale of 117 units of officer housing within the Fort Monmouth National Register Historic District in Oceanport, N.J., for $8.3 million, paving the way for the reuse effort’s first residential project. The officer housing is located on two parcels totaling 36.5 acres, and includes residential units in single, duplex and four-plex configurations surrounding and adjacent to the post’s parade ground. The developer’s proposal calls for 68 market-rate, for sale units north of the parade ground and 48 rental units south of the parade ground, according to a press release from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority. The South Post units would be a mix of market-rate and affordable housing rentals …

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