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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

School System Tackles Misalignment following Response to BRAC Growth at Ft. Benning

  • February 10, 2014
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The Muscogee County (Ga.) School District built several schools to accommodate the surge of students expected due to growth at Fort Benning following the 2005 round of BRAC. Unfortunately, many of the system’s schools now have a surfeit of space, while others are packed to capacity. “We have plenty of student stations, in other words, seats. They’re just not in the right place,” said David Lewis, Muscogee County Superintendent. “I could tell you it’s probably about close to half are under full capacity …

Legal Concerns Slow Implementation of New Partnerships Authority, Hammack Says

  • February 6, 2014
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Unanswered legal questions surrounding the new statute allowing installations and communities to share base support services have hampered Army efforts to take advantage of the authority, according to Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. The Army is eager to take advantage of sec. 331, the authority in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill that allows installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with a local government to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions. So far, Army headquarters is encouraging installations to work with their host communities to identify the potential opportunities and capabilities each has to offer …

BRAC Spurred Wichita Falls to Diversify Its Economy

  • February 4, 2014
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Evidence of Wichita Falls’ effort to diversify its economy in the wake of the 2005 BRAC round can be seen throughout the city, with a number of projects focused on beautifying its downtown and enhancing its infrastructure. After Sheppard Air Force Base lost a key mission in the last base closure round, including 400 instructors and 7,000 students annually, the city crafted a plan for expanding its economic base by 2020 …

Walter Reed Reuse Plan Advances past HUD Review

  • February 3, 2014
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The District of Columbia’s redevelopment plan for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center complies with the homeless assistance requirements called for under the BRAC reuse process, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determined last month, clearing the way for the city to negotiate the property’s transfer from the Army. “We are now one step closer to executing the vision for this site that has been formulated by the community over many years,” Mayor Vincent Gray said in a written statement. The city is negotiating an economic development conveyance with the Army and aims to gain control of the 67-acre tract in northwest Washington by the second quarter of 2015 …

Massachusetts Delegation Meets amid Shadow of BRAC

  • January 30, 2014
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Five members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation on Wednesday discussed state and local initiatives to enhance the efficiency of Massachusetts’ installations as part of an effort to preserve those assets in the run-up to a possible BRAC round. “There are cuts that will be coming in defense,” Rep. Richard Neal (D) told MassLive. “If the Pentagon has to figure out how to move money around in the budget we want to be preemptive …

EPA Removes Much of MCAS El Toro from Superfund List

  • January 28, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed more than 1,900 acres at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro from the federal Superfund list, a move that should provide a boost to efforts by the city of Irvine and FivePoint Communities to transform the Southern California base into the Orange County Great Park and thousands of homes. The decision comes after the Navy and local water agencies spent $165 million on soil removal and groundwater treatment to clean up contamination left over from aircraft maintenance and repair, reported the Los Angeles Times. As a consequence, only 600 acres at the 4,700-acre air base remain on the list of the nation’s most hazardous sites …

Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority Issues RFQ for Master Developer

  • January 27, 2014
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The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a master developer for 862 acres at the former Naval Air Station – Joint Reserve Base (NAS-JRB) Willow Grove located in Horsham, Pa. The NAS-JRB Willow Grove redevelopment plan is focused on the creation of job generating uses through a variety of mixed uses …

Forest City Drops out of Ft. McPherson Reuse Project

  • January 27, 2014
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Forest City Enterprises severed ties with the effort to convert the former Fort McPherson in southwestern Atlanta into a mixed-use, walkable community, the company said last week. The departure of Cleveland-based Forest City still leaves two local firms involved with the redevelopment of the 486-acre site — Cousins Properties and Integral Group. “We’re local. We’re not going anywhere,” said Larry Gellerstedt, chief executive of Cousins Properties …

State Funding Could Bolster Ft. Bragg’s Standing in Next BRAC Round

  • January 26, 2014
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Fort Bragg most likely isn’t in danger of suffering the loss of any significant mission in a future BRAC, but installation leadership and the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance wants to shore up several weaknesses that could prevent the post from benefiting from the next base closure round. One shortcoming is the poor road infrastructure of the Fayetteville, N.C., post, garrison commander Col. Jeffrey Sanborn said at the alliance’s annual meeting Friday. Of Fort Bragg’s 57 major intersections, 42 are considered failed or failing …

Pease AFB Redevelopment Nears Completion

  • January 22, 2014
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The Pease Development Authority is approaching a major milestone as officials have revealed that only 60 acres remain available for development at the former Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, N.H. Since the base was shuttered in 1991, over 250 companies and about 7,800 workers have made Pease International Tradeport home. “The Air Force base contributed about $100 million to the local economy each year,” said David Mullen, executive director of the Pease Development Authority. “We contribute about five times that now …

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