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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Local, Federal Partners Help Ft. Monroe LRA Advance Its Reuse Goals

  • July 7, 2014
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At the end of its first year as the primary property owner at Fort Monroe, the former post’s LRA has recorded a number of achievements at the same time it is tackling multiple challenges. The Fort Monroe Authority has leased about 235,000 square feet of commercial property at the installation located on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, providing jobs in the city of Hampton, Va., space for two congregations and the Casemate Museum, and summer entertainment at the Paradise Ocean Club, Chairman John Lawson wrote in a recent commentary in the Daily Press …

Court Turns Back Challenge to Environmental Study for Treasure Island Reuse

  • July 7, 2014
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A California Appeals Court on Monday rejected the claim by a local environmental group that the impact study approved by the city of San Francisco for the redevelopment of Treasure Island failed to accurately assess the project’s environmental impacts on traffic, historic resources, safety, tidelands and other issues. The court’s decision to uphold the lower court’s December 2012 ruling keeps the redevelopment planned for the former naval station on track. The $1.5 billion reuse plan calls for up to 8,000 housing units, 19,000 residents, 140,000 square feet of commercial space and 100,000 square feet of office space to be added to the site in the middle of San Francisco Bay …

New Jersey Budgets $200K to Preserve Military Bases

  • July 6, 2014
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New Jersey’s fiscal 2015 budget includes $200,000 for local efforts to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Picatinny Arsenal ahead of a future BRAC round. With defense cuts a near certainty and base closures and realignments on the horizon, stakeholder groups had requested the funding after state support for the two installations had declined in recent years, reported the Brick Patch. “Thousands of military and civilian jobs depend on this joint operation and we cannot afford the same economic loss as when Fort Monmouth closed in 2011,” said state Assemblyman Dave Wolfe …

Navy Offers Tours to Highlight Massive Hunters Point Cleanup

  • July 1, 2014
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The Navy has been offering the public behind-the-scenes tours of the cleanup and redevelopment at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard as part of an outreach effort to residents in surrounding neighborhoods and throughout San Francisco. During the two-hour bus tour held on Saturday, a group of 45 individuals learned about the Navy’s $1.1 billion effort to remove contaminants from the shipyard, including radium, arsenic, nickel, manganese, dioxins and PCBs, reported the San Francisco Chronicle. “They call this the billion-dollar base,” said Keith Forman, the Navy’s environmental coordinator for the shipyard …

Park Service Unveils Draft Plan for Ft. Monroe

  • July 1, 2014
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The National Park Service last week sketched its goals for sharing Fort Monroe National Monument with the public. The park service’s release of the site’s draft foundation document comes more than two-and-a-half years after President Obama designated 325 acres of the former Fort Monroe a national monument. Since then, the park service, the Army, the commonwealth of Virginia and the city of Hampton have been working to make Fort Monroe, located on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, a seamless park …

N.C. House Passes Bill to Keep BRAC Deliberations Secret

  • June 29, 2014
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The North Carolina House last week approved legislation allowing state officials, including the state Military Affairs Commission, to withhold information from the public about deliberations conducted to protect the state’s military installations during a BRAC round. Meetings to discuss such matters could be closed under the bill, which received no advance notice before emerging in committee June 25, reported the Fayetteville Observer. It passed unanimously on the House floor that afternoon. It now heads to the state Senate for a vote …

New Development Pushes Chaffee Crossing into a New Chapter

  • June 25, 2014
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After a string of announcements in the past year about new development coming to Chaffee Crossing, the reuse project at the former Fort Chaffee in western Arkansas is transitioning into a new phase of development, reports the City Wire. “I think there’s going to be smaller scale developments just because, and particularly here at Chaffee Crossing, because of the configuration of our property now. We’ve sold a lot of large tracts and because of that, we now have a lot of smaller, specialized pieces of property,” said Ivy Owen, executive director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority …

Former McClellan AFB Ready for Next Property Transfer

  • June 24, 2014
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McClellan Business Park, the redevelopment project at the former McClellan Air Force Base in northern California, shortly will accept ownership of an additional 198 acres of land from the Air Force. The business park already has been managing leasing for much of the tract, but a formal title transfer will make the job easier, said Alan Hersh, senior vice president for the project. Officially, the Air Force will hand the site over to Sacramento County before it goes to the business park. The property most likely will be used for aviation and industrial activities. All base property is scheduled to be turned over to the business park by 2019, reports the Sacramento Business Journal.

Candidates Highlight Their Ability to Protect Bases in Looming BRAC Round

  • June 24, 2014
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A staple of campaigns across the country has been claims by incumbents and challengers as to how they are the better candidate to ensure a local installation survives the threat of additional base closures. In the Republican race for the Senate in Mississippi, incumbent Thad Cochran has relied on exactly that kind of argument to gain an advantage against his tea party rival. “Sen. Cochran has the power and experience to protect the Gulf Coast …

Alabama City Considers Investing in Schools to Support Ft. Rucker

  • June 23, 2014
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Enterprise City Schools are asking for assistance from the city council to fund a $16.5 million improvement plan designed in part to bolster the community’s support of nearby Fort Rucker. At a joint work session last week of the school board and city council, Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell applauded the school superintendent for helping the city prepare for an impending BRAC round. “I sit on the Military Stability Commission for the state of Alabama, and education has been at the focus of every meeting over the last year or so …

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