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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Ft. Monmouth LRA to Auction Kitchen Sinks, All Other Buildings’ Contents

  • October 6, 2014
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The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority began a series of auctions last week to sell furniture, machinery and other equipment inside or attached to buildings slated to be demolished at the former installation located close to the New Jersey coast. The authority hired an auctioneer to a two-year contract, with a one-year extension, as the Army continues to turn over facilities to the LRA. The money collected, minus the portion going to the auction company, will be reinvested in the redevelopment, reported NJ.com. “As the state takes title to different areas of redevelopment, if there are any items to be sold, we’ll sell them …

Air Force Pays City to Find New Water Source due to Contamination at Former Pease AFB

  • October 6, 2014
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The Air Force has agreed to pay the city of Portsmouth, N.H., $154,000 for the initial costs of finding a new water supply due to the contamination of a city well at Pease International Tradeport, the former Pease Air Force Base. The agreement follows the discovery in May of elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), which the EPA classifies as a “contaminant of emerging concern,” reports Seacoastonline.com. “This is our number one priority at Pease,” Peter Forbes, the Air Force’s environmental coordinator for the former base, said of the investigation and tests officials have conducted since the contaminant’s discovery. Stephen TerMaath, BRAC division chief, said the Air Force has been working closely with the EPA and the state Department of Environmental Services “to develop a long-term plan for addressing PFCs at Pease.”

BRAC is Coming, Principi Says

  • October 6, 2014
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Anthony Principi, chairman of the 2005 BRAC Commission, is convinced a new base closure round will be held in the next five years. “At some point, Congress is going to have to authorize a BRAC” commission, Principi told Seacoastonline last week. “I’ve seen the trepidation [of base closures] first-hand, and I know [a BRAC round] can create an anxious time for communities. But the bottom line is that there’s a lot of excess military infrastructure, and it’s costly,” he said. The paper interviewed Principi ahead of his visit today, along with Maine gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud (D), to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. Principi last visited the shipyard during the 2005 BRAC round. The commission later voted to take it off the closure list. At the time, he said it was “the premiere public shipyard. It should be the gold standard by which we should measure other shipyards.” Principi told the paper he is confident Portsmouth will survive a future BRAC.

New Commissary to Support Pittsburgh-Area Service Members, Veterans

  • October 6, 2014
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The nine-year odyssey to replace the commissary and post exchange at an Army facility closing as a result of BRAC 2005 is almost complete, with the grand opening for new stores set for later this month. After the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility, located outside of Pittsburgh in Collier, was designated for closure in 2005, local veterans and military support groups lobbied lawmakers and the Pentagon to retain a post exchange and commissary in the region, reported the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Even with the closure of the Kelly Support Facility, the area still is home to several units — the Army Reserve’s 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, the Air Force Reserve’s 911th Airlift Wing and Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing …

Builder at Alameda Landing Opens Sales Office

  • October 2, 2014
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The developer of several residential neighborhoods at the Navy’s former Fleet Industrial Supply Center in Alameda is opening a sales office next week as the reuse project reaches a new milestone. TRI Pointe Homes Northern California is building a mix of two-and three-story houses, condominiums and townhouses on the 72-acre Alameda Landing site, reported the San Francisco Business Times. The project, located across the Bay from San Francisco, calls for a total of 253 homes. Catellus is the master developer for Alameda Landing …

Alabama Measure Offers Residents Chance to Support Local Armories

  • October 2, 2014
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Alabama residents will have an opportunity during November’s midterm elections to support an amendment authorizing the state to borrow up to $50 million to improve the condition of its National Guard armories. “A lot of our armories are desolate places. Some are 30 to 50 years old. It would be financially irresponsible for us to not do this and try to maintain and improve these facilities,” state Rep. Mark Tuggle told the Rotary Club last week in Tallassee. Tuggle, state Sen. Tom Whatley, and other lawmakers who sponsored the amendment believe it offers the state a good shot at shielding its armories from a future round of base closures …

Colorado Springs Leaders Work Together to Defend Military Bases

  • September 30, 2014
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Despite political differences, a delegation of 13 business and community leaders from the Pikes Peak region presented a united front this week as they visited with Pentagon officials and Capitol Hill staff in an attempt to stave off deep spending cuts to the region’s five installations. Even before the Army decides what posts will lose personnel as it figures how to shrink its active-duty end strength by 70,000 soldiers, Fort Carson and other installations in the Colorado Springs region already are coping with recent cuts. Fort Carson will lose 1,500 soldiers in the coming weeks as one of its brigade combat teams is disestablished …

Outlook for Hanscom AFB Appears Bright, Officials Say

  • September 29, 2014
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While the prospect of a future BRAC round makes community leaders neighboring Hanscom Air Force Base anxious, officials overall are confident that the Boston-area installation will survive the Pentagon’s next base-cutting exercise. One reason is the strength of the local workforce, which includes several thousand contractors at Lincoln Labs and MITRE. “The intellectual capital that is available around Hanscom base is not replicated anywhere else around the country,” said Sara Mattes, a former selectman from Lincoln …

Crowdfunding Offers Communities New Opportunities

  • September 28, 2014
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Facing major financial issues in the wake of the Great Recession, Jenks Park in Central Falls, R.I., faced a major issue: the park was often littered with garbage and debris because the only available trash cans in the park were low-quality plastic bins.

Stakeholders Face Looming Deadlines for South Weymouth Reuse

  • September 24, 2014
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The new board overseeing the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth, Mass., along with master developer Starwood Land Ventures, faces a series of deadlines to get the project back on track, according to the first meeting the SouthField Redevelopment Authority held this week. The authority — which replaces the long-standing LRA, the South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp. — needs to submit a tax plan for the site to the state by Oct. 15 and renegotiate payment terms for a $12.5 million bond that paid for infrastructure improvements …

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