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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Ft. McPherson Sale to Filmmaker Still Has Federal Hurdles to Overcome

  • August 14, 2014
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The LRA for the former Fort McPherson will need to satisfy several concerns from the Army and the Department of Housing and Urban Development before its sale of about two-thirds of the post to filmmaker Tyler Perry for a movie and television production campus can be realized. Before the Army approves the sale of 330 acres of the site located on the southwest edge of Atlanta, the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority will need to demonstrate in its application for an economic development conveyance how Perry’s studio satisfies requirements that the installation will be converted to a use that creates jobs …

Army Redirecting Cleanup Funds to Pueblo Depot

  • August 12, 2014
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The Army has shifted $54.5 million in environmental cleanup funds to Pueblo Chemical Depot over the next two years, a move expected to provide a boon to reuse efforts at the portions of the central Colorado facility that have been decommissioned. The funds will push the cleanup budget at the depot to $65.7 million in the coming fiscal year, reported the Pueblo Chieftain. The administration had proposed spending $11.2 million on the cleanup. “This is huge,” said Russell DeSalvo, executive director of Puebloplex …

Lt. Governor Talks BRAC with Reserve Airlift Wing Commanders

  • August 11, 2014
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Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and commanders of the Air Force Reserve’s 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base discussed the unit’s strengths and the threat posed by a looming BRAC round during a visit last week.
“The strategy is here’s your strength and weaknesses. Let’s get these tended to before BRAC is called by the Congress,” said Ivey, who chairs the state’s Military Stability Commission and has helped put together the state’s strategic plan to strengthen and secure its military installations, reported WSFA. “When that call comes, the strategy has to be to effectively communicate with our congressional team, the Department of Defense, with the same consistent message that Alabama is prepared and we can well handle some more additions to our military bases and their missions,” she said. Ivey added that officials can’t rest on their laurels. “We have to be fully prepared,” she said.

State Approves Measure to Overhaul Redevelopment of NAS South Weymouth

  • August 11, 2014
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Eleven days after the Massachusetts Legislature closed its formal session without approving legislation intended to jump start the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth, a vote Monday by the state senate during its informal session cleared the measure to go to Gov. Deval Patrick (D). The House passed the bill last week during its informal session, during which any lawmaker can block legislation. “A lot of time, effort, and resources were dedicated to getting this legislation enacted today,” said state Sen. Robert Hedlund (R) of Weymouth …

Ft. McPherson LRA Approves Sale to Filmmaker Tyler Perry

  • August 10, 2014
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The LRA for the former Fort McPherson on Friday approved a memorandum of understanding with filmmaker Tyler Perry for the purchase of 330 acres, about two-thirds of the former post located on the southwest edge of Atlanta, for a movie and television production complex. Under the agreement, Perry, best known as the creator of the “Madea” film franchise, would purchase the property for $30 million to build up to 16 sound stages. “I am confident that this kind of development will bring hundreds of permanent jobs into the area, and attract robust additional investment into the Southside of our city,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed …

Robins AFB Poised for Long-Term Sustainment, Officials Say

  • August 7, 2014
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Supporters of Robins Air Force Base in Middle Georgia should prepare for another BRAC round, but as long as the facility remains productive, it likely would be spared during a new base closure exercise, according to former Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall (D). “Robins, if it’s properly prepared, will do quite well as you look at the different alternatives around the United States for saving money,” Marshall said Thursday, reported WMGT. Key to the base’s preparation is keeping up with the latest technology. “Robins is already the center of excellence for electronic warfare. No reason why it can’t be the center of excellence for a whole lot of other IT, technology-driven needs,” he said. Charles Stenner, president and CEO of 21st Century Partnership, echoed Marshall’s point. “Robins Air Force Base is postured and certainly capable of accepting all of those types of missions,” Stenner said.

NAS Jacksonville Earns Praise from Visitors

  • August 6, 2014
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The Florida Defense Support Task Force came aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville last month to tour the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast and a maritime patrol squadron as part of its duties to promote the state’s military installations. According to consultants interviewed by the Florida Times-Union, the air station is well positioned to survive future base closings and, possibly, grow. “As for the future, I can confidently say that NAS Jacksonville will not close. The base may lose some military billets due to sequestration — which may also reduce base operating funds,” said Charlie Battaglia with the Principi Group. James Hinkle of the Spectrum Group praised the readiness center’s extensive capabilities to work on multiple aircraft, including the F/A-18 and P-3. “And don’t forget the base’s growing support for unmanned aerial vehicles. You can see that people take good care of this base and that it’s ready for more growth,” he said.

Ft. Monmouth LRA Considering Purchase of Former Post

  • August 6, 2014
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The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) is considering purchasing from the Army the 850 surplus acres at the former New Jersey post that have not yet been sold or are not under contract in an attempt to simplify the process of selling the property. Officials from the LRA, Monmouth County and the county improvement authority plan to meet this month to discuss a possible purchase, reported the Star-Ledger. The improvement authority would finance the purchase. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority would become the property owner …

Cannon AFB Growth Committee to Revamp

  • August 4, 2014
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Officials in eastern New Mexico are considering revamping the mission of the Local Growth Management Committee, the organization created to help identify a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base following the last BRAC round. “We need to redefine the purpose of this committee,” Sharon King, the committee chair and Portales mayor, said at Friday’s committee meeting, reported the Clovis News Journal. As part of the strategic planning effort contemplated by the group, it might come up with a new name. King stressed, though, that there are no plans to disband the committee.

Deadline Missed, But Bill to Overhaul South Weymouth Redevelopment Not Dead

  • August 3, 2014
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Massachusetts lawmakers failed to pass a sweeping proposal to revive the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth by the July 31 close of its formal session, but the measure still could gain approval during the Legislature’s informal session, according to a top lawmaker. Master developer Starwood Land Ventures has said it would abandon the project, located 20 miles outside of Boston, if the state fails to approve the legislation by the end of its formal session …

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