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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Only One New Hampshire Senator at Top of Readiness Panel

  • January 8, 2015
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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) will head up the Readiness and Management Support panel of the Senate Armed Services Committee in the 114th Congress, but she no longer will share the subcommittee’s leadership with her fellow New Hampshirite, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D). In the past Congress, Shaheen had been the subcommittee chair, with Ayotte as the ranking member. But now with Republicans controlling the Senate, Ayotte will take the gavel of the Readiness panel and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) will serve as the ranking member. Shaheen, however, will remain on the full committee …

State-of-the Art Street Lighting at Brunswick Landing to Generate Hefty Energy Savings

  • January 8, 2015
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New street lighting installed at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine, features dimming controls that are expected to trim the LRA’s energy and maintenance costs by 80 percent. The project — which upgraded 650 street and area lights with new LED fixtures and radio frequency-enabled control and monitoring systems at Brunswick Landing — was developed and financed by Pemco Holdings LLC. The effort did not require any upfront capital from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority; it will be paid for from savings generated by the program over a 10-year period …

Officials Hopeful New Year Will Mark New Direction for South Weymouth Reuse

  • January 6, 2015
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With new legislation enacted last year to overhaul the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth, local officials are guardedly optimistic the reuse project will make significant strides in 2015. The legislation, signed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), replaced the long-standing LRA with a new authority and shifted responsibility for public services and property tax revenue to the surrounding communities of Weymouth, Abington and Rockland. It also gave the project’s master developer, Starwood Land Ventures, more flexibility regarding the pace of the project. By the end of 2014, the prospects for a turnaround seemed hopeful as Pulte Homes neared the first major land deal under the new framework governing SouthField …

Puerto Rico Selects Master Developer for Roosevelt Roads

  • January 5, 2015
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The Puerto Rican government last month picked Arlington, Va.-based Clark Realty Capital to transform 3,000 acres at the former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads into a $3.2 billion mixed-used development focused on eco-tourism. The 30-year project proposed by Clark calls for hotels, housing, offices, retail stores, restaurants, a light industrial area, a cruise ship port, a marina, a terminal for high-speed ferries, schools, golf courses and other uses. The Roosevelt Roads LRA selected Clark over two other candidates — Uruguay-based Ariel Investment and Puerto Rico-based OHorizons …

Defense Bill Eliminates Army’s Authority to Shutter Arsenals

  • December 21, 2014
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The Army secretary no longer can rely on a pre-Civil War authority to close arsenals without congressional approval, after President Obama signed the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill into law last week. The provision, originally part of the version of the legislation passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee, eliminates the ability of the secretary of the Army to close any arsenal considered unnecessary. The Army has five arsenals: Picatinny, N.J.; Redstone, Ala.; Rock Island, Ill.; Rocky Mountain, Colo.; and Watervliet, N.Y. …

Fort Monroe LRA Negotiates Property Transfers with Army, Park Service

  • December 21, 2014
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The Fort Monroe Authority is in the midst of negotiations with the Army over how much it will pay for a portion of the property that did not automatically revert to the commonwealth of Virginia after the post was closed. The Army is insisting the state pay for parts built up after the two signed the reversion clause in the 1830s, including the marina and land Army engineers constructed along Mill Creek, reported the Daily Press. On Thursday, the authority’s board indicated they “support the compromise” under discussion …

No Draft Required: States Increasingly Volunteer to Support Military Installations, ADC Report Reveals

  • December 19, 2014
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State support for military installations has grown steadily over the past two decades, marked by a sharp increase in the number of states forming organizations dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their bases, along with an expansion in the amount and kinds of support invested, according to a new report from the Association of Defense Communities. Only a few states had military affairs organizations prior to 1990, but now 34 states have such organizations. Much of the growth has occurred since the 2005 round of base closures, with the looming threat to military installations resulting from stringent spending caps on the Pentagon’s budget and significant excess capacity in DOD’s infrastructure accounting for the heightened awareness on the state level of the importance of defense facilities …

To Avoid BRAC Fate, Purchase Leased Buildings, Orlando Officials Say

  • December 18, 2014
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To ensure Orlando does not lose its defense simulation cluster, state funds should be used to purchase the buildings where those organizations are now leasing space, industry officials told a regional economic development group this week. Thomas Baptiste, CEO of the National Center for Simulation, told the Central Florida Partnership that he fears DOD could end its leases in Orlando and move to other federal or military sites that have spare capacity. “The risk is that the Team Orlando workforce has outgrown the infrastructure …

Dayton Groups Seek Federal Funds to Diversify Economy

  • December 18, 2014
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With Wright-Patterson Air Force Base bracing for the possibility of downsizing as the Pentagon struggles to meet stringent spending caps, local officials in the Miami Valley region of Ohio plan to apply to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment for a diversification planning grant ranging from $4 million to $6 million. The Dayton Development Coalition, Montgomery County and Wright State University want to use the grant to help diversify the region’s economy ahead of looming federal budget cuts and a prospective BRAC round. Wright-Patt supports 27,500 workers directly and thousands of contractor positions, reported the Dayton Business Journal. The development coalition has been trying to protect jobs at the installation. Tenant organizations at Wright-Patt support many local research companies and organizations, including the University of Dayton Research Institute.

Closed Bases Find New Niche — Test Sites for Autonomous Vehicles

  • December 16, 2014
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One installation closed through BRAC 2005 recently reached an agreement allowing Mercedes-Benz to use its roads to test driverless cars, while another shuttered in the same round is discussing the possibility of providing space for testing and development of autonomous vehicles to a Princeton University research group. In October, the city of Concord, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and the Navy licensed Mercedes-Benz to use the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California as a test site. The automobile manufacturer will test other related technology as well, including traffic signals designed to communicate with self-driving cars …

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