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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

D.C. Taps Hines-led Partnership to Oversee Walter Reed Reuse

  • November 5, 2013
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District of Columbia officials have tapped a team led by Houston-bases Hines International to convert the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center into a mixed-use campus featuring a town center. The Parks at Walter Reed plan proposed by Hines, along with Urban Atlantic and Triden Development, calls for 2,097 residential units, a mix of townhomes, duplexes and apartments, 250,000 square feet of retail and 20 acres of open space …

Welsh Urges Congressional Authority to Eliminate Excess Bases

  • November 5, 2013
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Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh wants Congress to authorize a new base closure round and allow the service to slash its end strength, two tools that would best help officials mitigate the impact of $500 billion in further defense cuts. “We need help in planning for the future,” Welsh the Colorado Springs Gazette. “Those two things make up 55 percent of our overall budget …

Studies Show Robins AFB Communities’ Strengths, Weaknesses for Potential BRAC

  • October 31, 2013
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The 21st Century Partnership, the community partner for Robins Air Force Base, announced the results of 15 studies commissioned in preparation for a potential Base Realignment and Closure Commission round in 2017. The organization plans to use the data…

New Bill Would Offer Tax Credits for BRAC-Impacted Communities

  • October 31, 2013
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U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) has introduced the New Markets Tax Credit Military Installation Act of 2013 to authorize up to $100 million per year for distressed communities that have had military installations closed or realigned. This legislation, which Thompson introduced Wednesday…

Ft. Hood Advocates Call for New BRAC Round

  • October 29, 2013
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A new BRAC round could benefit Fort Hood, the nation’s largest military installation, according to Killeen community leaders. “I know that may seem counter-intuitive because people can only think of installations being closed by BRAC,” retired Col Bill Parry executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance…

Fort Monroe Plan Could Add Thousands of New Residents to Post

  • October 27, 2013
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The LRA responsible for revamping the former Fort Monroe on Thursday approved a new redevelopment plan for the historic post located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay, sending it to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) for final approval. The board of the Fort Monroe Authority expressed confidence that the plan would protect the historic qualities of the property while weaning the reuse effort off of taxpayer dollars …

Hammack Insists on New BRAC Round for Army

  • October 24, 2013
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During remarks introducing a conference session devoted to the benefits of partnering with the public and private sector, the Army’s top installations official made it clear there is no substitute for a new BRAC round when it comes to efficient management of the service’s scarce resources. “In order to right-size our infrastructure and footprint in line with force reductions, we need BRAC authorization from Congress,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment …

$2M Federal Grant Helps Establish Manufacturing Accelerator at Brunswick

  • October 23, 2013
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A $2 million federal grant awarded to the LRA responsible for redeveloping the former Naval Air Station Brunswick and the regional workforce development board for Maine’s coastal counties will help establish an advanced manufacturing accelerator at Brunswick Landing. TechPlace will be an advanced office, shop, laboratory and workspace for high-tech research, development and manufacturing. When completed, TechPlace will provide an ideal location for the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority’s (MRRA) target industries — aerospace, aviation, composites/advanced materials, biotechnology and renewable energy …

Event to Address Potential for DoD to Trim Installation Costs outside of BRAC

  • October 22, 2013
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Faced with finding $1 trillion dollars in savings over the next 10 years, the Defense Department has twice recommended a new round of BRAC as a way to cut bloated overhead costs and reduce excess infrastructure, and twice it has been rebuffed by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Given congressional intransigence, DoD is forced to look for new ideas when it comes to installation management. To help defense policymakers explore innovative ways for either trimming the department’s real estate holdings or operating them more efficiently, ADC next month is holding a special Defense Policy Forum, BRAC/Alternatives to BRAC: Reducing the Cost of Defense Infrastructure …

Shutdown Costs Fort Ord LRA

  • October 20, 2013
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The local redevelopment authority for the former Fort Ord, Calif., estimates it lost up to $100,000 during the government shutdown due to delays in multiple projects that rely on oversight by federal agencies. “If it’s not $100,000, it’s at least tens of thousands of dollars in consultant time,” said Michael Houlemard, executive officer of FORA. “It’s not the big dollars you hear about, but it is probably $100,000 in impact costs in all of our projects and in the delays …

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