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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Take Your Community to Work Day at Redstone Arsenal

  • September 24, 2014
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A community group dedicated to cultivating local leaders visited Redstone Arsenal last week to provide participants a greater understanding of the installation’s missions and its role in the economy of the Huntsville, Ala., region. “This community has a huge impact on the region and state,” Garrison Commander Col. Bill Marks told the class from Leadership Huntsville/Madison County. “The estimated total number of jobs either directly or indirectly related to Redstone is near 104,000 across the entire Tennessee Valley …

EPA Orders Army to Address Airborne Pollutants outside Ft. Gillem

  • September 24, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday order the Army to take “expedited corrective measures” at the former Fort Gillem located outside of Atlanta, after the service failed to take mitigation measures when its tests revealed toxic vapor in dozens of homes. The Army has collected air samples from 56 homes and businesses surrounding the installation over the summer, and plans to test additional residences. The vapors are believed to stem from groundwater contamination that seeped off of the post …

An Elegy to Fort Ord in Comic Form

  • September 23, 2014
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A new comic about the closure and redevelopment of the former Fort Ord, located on the Monterey Peninsula, accurately evokes the upheaval created when the military shutters a base as well as the overwhelming challenges involved in finding new uses for the aging infrastructure left behind. “Impossible City: The Afterlife of an Army Base,” published on Medium.com by San Francisco artist Andy Warner, also doubles as a succinct way to explain to loved ones or friends the range of issues touched on following a BRAC closure. Michael Houlemard, the Fort Ord Reuse Authority’s executive officer, said the organization has been getting positive feedback about the comic, reports the Monterey Herald. Houlemard is featured prominently in the 35-panel work. The 30-year-old artist said he first came upon the former Army post by accident in 2006. “It always kind of stuck around in my mind,” Warner told the paper.

Ft. Monmouth Sparks Heightened Interest from Residential, Retail Developers

  • September 23, 2014
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Competition among residential and retail developers for space at the former Fort Monmouth has been growing recently as central New Jersey’s real estate market heats up. “As every day goes by, the market is getting stronger in those areas,” Les Smith, senior director at Cushman & Wakefield, told the New York Times. “If you come up with a good development site, they want it,” said Smith, whose firm is the real estate broker for the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority …

Federal City Opened up to Surrounding New Orleans Neighborhood

  • September 23, 2014
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Much of the fence surrounding the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans is coming down three years after the installation closed, in an effort to open up the Federal City project to the public and create a new entry point to the site for vehicles. The public has had access to the project since the Navy shuttered the support activity, but the Algiers Development District, which is responsible for the 114-acre redevelopment, wanted to remove the fencing to give it a more inviting appearance, reported the Times-Picayune. Workers will remove 1,500 linear feet of heavy-duty chain link fencing. Workers previously had removed about 1,300 linear feet surrounding a tract purchased by Delgado Community College; some of that fencing will be used to separate the community college from military housing still inside Federal City.

Air Force to Transfer Last Parcels at Chanute AFB to Community

  • September 23, 2014
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The Air Force has approved transferring 394 acres at the former Chanute AFB, Ill., to the village of Rantoul via an economic development conveyance in a move that will complete the property’s transfer and allow the community to advance its development plans. The village can now approach developers interested in the site “so we can [realize] the economic growth in Rantoul that’s been on hold for such a long time,” Mayor Chuck Smith told the News-Gazette. Smith said there are three firms looking at properties at Chanute, which was shuttered in September 1993 after being recommended for closure in the 1988 BRAC round …

City Selects Finalists to Develop Two Parcels at Alameda Point

  • September 21, 2014
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The city of Alameda last week picked Catellus Development Corp. and Mission Bay Development Group as finalists for redeveloping an 82-acre parcel at Alameda Point, the former Naval Station Alameda, with retail and commercial projects. The announcement follows the city’s Sept. 2 selection of Brookfield Residential and Alameda Point Partners as finalists to develop an adjacent 68-acre parcel at Alameda Point. The city council is expected to choose a single developer for each parcel by the end of the year …

New Bridge under Way to Improve Security at W.Va. Guard Base

  • September 18, 2014
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Workers have begun constructing a new bridge and road to Charleston Air National Guard Base, W.Va., that local official believe will help secure the future of the Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing. The bridge over the Elk River will provide a new access route to the base, allowing closure of the current public road serving the facility. The existing route passes right by the Guard base and poses a security risk, a factor local officials believe could jeopardize the installation in a future BRAC round. Former Sen. Robert Byrd (D) had secured federal funding for the bridge, but the money was redirected after Byrd died. Following lengthy discussions between the state government and the National Guard, officials decided to split the project’s cost between state taxpayers, the National Guard, Yeager Airport and the Kanawha County Commission, reported the West Virginia Gazette. Construction of the bridge is expected to be finished in the fall of 2015.

Air Museum Slated for $24M Facility at Former Willow Grove NAS

  • September 17, 2014
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A $24 million plan to overhaul the Wings of Freedom Museum at the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Pa., could transform the museum into a regional destination featuring an all-glass exhibit hall to showcase aircraft now stored outdoors. The Delaware Valley Historical Aviation Association unveiled the project and a rendering of the 33,500-square-foot, solar-powered museum on Wednesday, reported the Bucks County Courier Times. “We think it is going to make the museum one of the jewels of Montgomery County and the greater Philadelphia region …

Residents Show up at LRA Meeting to Oppose Ft. McPherson Sale

  • September 17, 2014
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More than 100 residents showed up Tuesday at a regular meeting of the Fort McPherson LRA to air their concerns about the authority’s agreement to sell two-thirds of the post to filmmaker Tyler Perry. Many community members turned out after receiving calls from state Sen. Vincent Fort and a local nonprofit upset that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had abandoned the mixed-use plan for the site that the LRA had spent years crafting, according to the Saporta Report. Fort told the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority that he was concerned about the lack of community engagement regarding the decision to sell 330 acres of the 488-acre site to Perry …

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