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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Liberty Station: A Mixed-Use Community Grows out of Stunning Closure Decision

  • July 29, 2013
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In the 20 years since the BRAC Commission called for the closure of Naval Training Center San Diego, the city in partnership with master developer Corky McMillin Cos. has turned the historic base into a beautiful mixed-use redevelopment complete with housing, offices, retail and open space. Several features at what is now known as Liberty Station stand out, according to a commentary in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The city conveyed some of the site back to the Navy to provide 500 units of enlisted housing. The city wanted to recognize the Navy’s legacy and the Village at NTC blends seamlessly into the rest of the project …

Local Funding Needed to Strengthen Position of West Virginia Air Guard Base

  • July 28, 2013
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State and county funding to build a new access road to Charleston Air National Guard Base, W.Va., would help secure the long-term future of the base’s 130th Airlift Wing, according to a board member of Yeager Airport, where the unit is based. The $7 million to $9 million project, which requires the construction of a bridge, would provide a new access route to the base, allowing closure of the current public road serving the facility. The existing route poses a security risk to the base, a factor which almost resulted in the base’s closure during the 2005 round of BRAC …

EDC Application for Willow Grove Property Remains on Track

  • July 25, 2013
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove believes it will be able to submit its economic development conveyance application to the Navy by the end of the calendar year. Matrix Design Group, the redevelopment authority’s consultant, now is working on market analyses, and traffic and environmental studies for the site located outside of Philadelphia, reported the Hatboro-Horsham Patch. When those studies are completed, the firm will work with the LRA’s board on a business plan. The LRA plans to acquire the air station property and act as its master developer.

Spending Bill Amendment Aimed at Underutilized Facilities

  • July 24, 2013
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Language adopted Tuesday by House lawmakers barring the Defense Department from spending money maintaining facilities it no longer uses is intended to eliminate wasteful spending, according to the office of Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy, who sponsored the amendment. The provision, approved during debate over the fiscal 2014 defense appropriations measure, is not targeted at installations closed through BRAC …

Governor Renames Massachusetts Military Reservation

  • July 23, 2013
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In a rebranding effort partly aimed at better positioning the Massachusetts Military Reservation for a future BRAC round or other downsizing initiatives, Gov. Deval Patrick (D) last week signed an executive order changing the name of the commonwealth’s largest installation to Joint Base Cape Cod. More generally, the move is intended to more accurately reflect the ongoing missions and collaborative partnerships happening on the 22,000-acre base, and to support the base commanders’ desire to link themselves more closely together …

Lawmakers Reject Attempt to Tack on BRAC Ban to Spending Bill

  • July 23, 2013
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House lawmakers Tuesday night rejected an amendment prohibiting the Pentagon from spending funds from the fiscal 2014 defense appropriations bill to propose, plan for or carry out a new base closure round. The vote comes as a surprise as similar language previously was added on the House floor to the military construction-veterans affairs spending measure last month. The same ban also is included in the House version of the FY 2014 defense authorization bill …

Developers Outline Proposals for Walter Reed Redevelopment

  • July 21, 2013
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The three teams competing to redevelop the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center unveiled their proposals Thursday for converting the 67-acre site into a mixed-use campus featuring a town center. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime, not only for the community, but for the whole city,” said Victor Hoskins, the District of Columbia’s deputy mayor for planning and economic development …

Army Shutters Deseret Chemical Depot

  • July 17, 2013
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Army officials formally closed Depot Chemical Depot last week in a ceremony that also transferred the northwestern Utah facility’s 19,000-plus acres to nearby Tooele Army Depot. Workers at Deseret, which now will be referred to as Tooele’s South Area, have been working on decommissioning the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility since the last of the facility’s inventory of the blister agent lewisite was incinerated in January 2012. That milestone represented the completion of the depot’s campaign to destroy its stockpile of chemical weapons …

Competition for Walter Reed Redevelopment Narrows to Three Teams

  • July 17, 2013
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Three development teams submitted proposals to become the District of Columbia’s master developer for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, after two of the short-listed teams dropped out. The three candidates — Forest City Washington, Roadside Development LLC, and a joint venture of Hines Interests LP and Urban Atlantic — will unveil their proposals at a public forum in Upper Northwest Washington tonight …

Residents Protest Cleanup Effort at Former Kelly AFB

  • July 17, 2013
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Residents neighboring the former Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio held a protest Saturday outside the shuttered base to demand better monitoring of the effort by the Air Force to clean up contaminants left behind after decades of industrial activity. They also protested the Air Force’s decision to shut down the restoration advisory board that oversaw the cleanup, reported the San Antonio Express-News. Residents closest to the base believe elevated rates of cancer in their neighborhood stem from the hazardous chemicals dumped at Kelly …

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