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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Housing Groups Urge City to Modify Development Plan at Alameda Point

  • January 29, 2013
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At a hearing of the Alameda Planning Board, housing advocates on Monday urged the city to increase the number of homes developed at the former Naval Air Station Alameda beyond what is called for in the existing reuse plan by building a mix of housing types, from apartments to single-family homes. The advocates asked city officials to assess the impact of building up to 4,500 homes at Alameda Point when they conduct an environmental study of the project’s impacts …

Weymouth Officials Not Concerned over LNR Sale

  • January 28, 2013
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Last week’s sale of LNR Property LLC, the parent company of the master developer of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station located outside of Boston, should not affect the project now called Southfield, according to Weymouth officials. On Thursday, Greenwich, Conn.-based Starwood Property Trust and Starwood Capital Group announced they had agreed to pay $1.05 billion to buy LNR …

Colorado Falling Behind Other States’ BRAC Efforts, Leaders Say

  • January 27, 2013
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Local leaders in Colorado Springs, Colo., are urging city and state officials to develop a forward-looking approach to the next BRAC round, which many believe may be only a couple of years away. “We need an aggressive statewide strategy to protect and enhance current missions,” Scott Bryan, a member of the Regional Coalition for Federal Strategic Action, told the Colorado Springs Business Journal. “It’s a chance to grow the capacity to expand the defense presence here — and we should commit resources to that …

Sacramento County to Accept 528-Acre Parcel at McClellan AFB via Early Transfer

  • January 24, 2013
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Sacramento County and its developer McClellan Park LLC shortly will receive 528 acres of land at the former McClellan Air Force Base in the third early transfer of property at the Northern California base. In addition to accepting the parcel, the county and its developer will take on responsibility for cleaning up the first 15 feet of soil below the surface of the property …

Fayetteville Officials Concerned about Possible Cuts at Ft. Bragg

  • January 24, 2013
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Despite concerns expressed by local officials in communities surrounding Fort Bragg, N.C., over the possible loss of thousands of personnel at the post as the Army shrinks its end strength over the coming years, the region’s congressional delegation is preaching calm. The Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment released last Friday evaluates the environmental impacts of potential adjustments to forces at 21 installations expected to experience a gain or loss exceeding 1,000 military personnel …

Kansas Communities Strengthen Links with Ft. Riley

  • January 23, 2013
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In the face of budget cuts and a pending BRAC round, the state of Kansas is making the case to preserve the missions of its five military installations. At a meeting Wednesday of the Governor’s Military Council, Gov. Sam Brownback said one strategy the state should pursue is supporting bases by sharing costs and resources. Perhaps the state should take over road maintenance for Fort Riley, if legal, he suggested …

Declining Budgets Reinforces Military’s Reliance on Industry, AFCEC Director Says

  • January 23, 2013
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With funding expected to be constrained for the foreseeable future, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center increasingly is looking to the private sector to help the service’s installations meet their environmental remediation, renewable energy development and maintenance needs, Center Director Joe Sciabica wrote this week in a commentary. “We can no longer count on consistent and predictable funding to meet our sustainability needs …

Appeals Court Finds Environmental Liability Statute Has Broad Application

  • January 21, 2013
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LRAs and developers may finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief that they can rely on a federal statute to protect them from liability for undiscovered contamination at BRAC sites, following a federal appeals court ruling earlier this month concluding that regulatory actions carried out by environmental agencies are covered under the law. The decision by the Federal Circuit — which reverses the finding of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in a case brought by Indian Harbor Insurance to recover costs to remove soil contamination at the former Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Tustin, Calif. — settles for now the question of how broadly the federal courts will interpret Section 330 of the 1993 defense authorization act …

Measure to Combat Encroachment Held up in Virginia Senate

  • January 16, 2013
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Virginia lawmakers have decided to set aside legislation intended to fight encroachment until they have time to make changes to mollify opposition over the role it would offer the military in local planning matters. The bill calls for “the requirements and concerns of military installations [to] be recognized and addressed in consideration of future development” by local planning commissions …

Sierra Vista Will Need to Adapt to Spending Cuts at Ft. Huachuca

  • January 15, 2013
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Sierra Vista, and surrounding Cochise County, have benefited tremendously from a steady increase in defense spending at Fort Huachuca since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, helping to buffer southeastern Arizona from the most recent recession. Climbing DOD budgets, however, are a thing of the past, forcing the region to accommodate a decline in defense employment and payroll …

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