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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Senator Celebrates Renewed Recognition of Former Newark AFB as HUBZone

  • April 2, 2013
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Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown last week highlighted the renewed designation of Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, the central Ohio site of the former Newark Air Force Base, as a Small Business Administration HUBZone through 2015. An amendment attached to the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill that was sponsored by Brown extends the period during which certain base closure sites can be designated as HUBZones, a status conferring preferential access to federal procurements for qualified small businesses …

Ohio Guard Base Gains C-130 Mission

  • April 2, 2013
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Economic development officials in north central Ohio last week celebrated the news that the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard will gain a new transport mission and about 200 new personnel. The 179th, based at Mansfield’s Lahm Airport, had been faced with closure after the Air Force last year proposed eliminating the nation’s fleet of C-27J cargo aircraft. The 179th will lose its four C-27J planes as planned, but they will be replaced with eight larger C-130H aircraft …

LRA to Add Housing at Devens

  • April 1, 2013
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MassDevelopment is looking for a developer to build housing on a 70-acre site at the former Fort Devens located outside of Boston. The agency expects 120 units to be constructed, with 25 percent reserved for low- and moderate-income residents. Allowed uses include single-, two- and multi-family housing, along with elder housing, nursing homes and municipal uses, reported the Boston Business Journal. Last year, residents from the towns of Harvard and Ayer rejected a developer’s plan to turn former barracks at another site at the 4,400-acre redevelopment project into 246 units of affordable housing for seniors and veterans. Devens hosts 99 businesses, nonprofits and governmental entities that employ more than 3,200 workers, according to the Journal.

Havelock Officials Complain about Lack of State Support for Military Communities

  • April 1, 2013
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Commissioners from Havelock, N.C., home of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, criticized the new budget proposed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for failing to support military communities in the face of a looming BRAC round. “We’re the most military friendly state in the union, but we can’t get any help from the state to protect the bases …

Reuse at Myrtle Beach AFB: The Long Road to Success

  • April 1, 2013
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On the 20-year anniversary of the closure of Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C., the Sun News recounts the numerous difficulties facing local officials trying to redevelop the 3,937-acre installation. Today, the former base is the home of a variety of uses, highlighted by the Market Common, a town center with upscale shops and restaurants, and neighborhoods with more than 1,200 homes that follow the principles of New Urbanism. The project also features new general aviation and commercial airport terminals, and a technology and aerospace business park …

Georgia, Kansas Defense Communities among Fastest-Growing Areas Last Year

  • April 1, 2013
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Communities surrounding Forts Benning, Ga., and Riley, Kan., ranked among the fastest-growing places in the nation for the year ended July 1, 2012, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last month. Chattahoochee County, Ga., was the nation’s fastest-growing county of 10,000 or more residents as its population climbed 10.1 percent between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012 …

Furloughs Would Be Replaced by ‘Other Options’ if Sequester Continues, Hale Says

  • April 1, 2013
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If sequestration continues into fiscal 2014 and beyond, the Pentagon will not rely on furloughs of civilian employees to find savings, but rather will explore “other options,” DOD Comptroller Robert Hale said Monday. “They may not be pleasant, and they may force us into some difficult choices. But we definitely don’t want to repeat what we’re doing now …

Mayor to Discuss Chinese Investment in San Francisco Reuse Projects on Overseas Trip

  • March 31, 2013
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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will try to help close a deal between the state-supported China Development Bank and Lennar Corp. to invest $1.7 billion in two base redevelopment projects during his eight-day trip to China that began Friday. Lee is expected to sit down with officials from the Chinese bank to discuss the investment in the redevelopment of two former Navy bases, Treasure Island and Hunters Point Naval Shipyard …

Army’s Sudden Transfer of Ft. Monroe Property Alarms LRA

  • March 31, 2013
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The Army unexpectedly transferred 313 acres at the former Fort Monroe on Thursday to the site’s LRA, leaving a series of unanswered questions regarding the ongoing environmental cleanup, the border of the property reverting to Virginia and other matters. The Army and state officials had been discussing for more than a year the terms of how the Army would transfer the portion of the 570-acre post slated to revert to the commonwealth. The negotiations were intended to resolve who is responsible for the cleanup, long-term building maintenance, and the transfer of utilities and roads, reported the Daily Press …

Governor Establishes Panel to Protect California Bases

  • March 28, 2013
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California Gov. Jerry Brown established a state military council Thursday to preserve the military’s role in the state’s economy and expand defense-related investment in California. The panel will be responsible for protecting California’s military installations and operations amid ongoing Pentagon budget cuts, and it will respond to changes in military strategy to position the state to continue innovation and leadership in its military mission …

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