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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Guidance on Prevailing Wage Rate Rule to Benefit Redevelopment at Ft. Monmouth

  • July 7, 2015
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Recent guidance from New Jersey’s attorney general’s office concluding that the state’s prevailing wage rate rules do not universally apply to new construction at Fort Monmouth should help the LRA reach sales and redevelopment agreements with developers for a variety of projects at the former post. Prevailing wage requirements will apply only if a project includes public work or if the developer receives financial assistance from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) or any state entity, reported Word on the Shore. “The updated language reflects how FMERA now reviews contracts and projects on a case-by-case basis to determine the applicability of prevailing wage requirements in each case,” said Rachel Goemaat, spokesperson for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority …

Florida Grants to Help Communities Strengthen Local Installations

  • July 5, 2015
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Thirteen defense communities in Florida will receive more than $3 million to enhance 19 installations through a variety of activities, Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced last week. The bulk of the funding, $2.5 million, was awarded through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs, according to a release from the governor’s office. Eleven counties received a total of $850,000 in defense reinvestment grants, which support relationships between military installations and their community and promote economic diversification strategies in defense-dependent communities. Nine counties were awarded a total of $1.6 million in defense infrastructure grants for encroachment, transportation and access, utilities, communications, environment and security projects …

Sale of Officer Housing to Result in Ft. Monmouth’s First Residential Project

  • July 5, 2015
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The LRA for the former Fort Monmouth last month approved the sale of 117 units of officer housing within the Fort Monmouth National Register Historic District in Oceanport, N.J., for $8.3 million, paving the way for the reuse effort’s first residential project. The officer housing is located on two parcels totaling 36.5 acres, and includes residential units in single, duplex and four-plex configurations surrounding and adjacent to the post’s parade ground. The developer’s proposal calls for 68 market-rate, for sale units north of the parade ground and 48 rental units south of the parade ground, according to a press release from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority. The South Post units would be a mix of market-rate and affordable housing rentals …

Leaders in Alabama Community Upgrade Schools ahead of Next BRAC

  • July 1, 2015
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The southeastern Alabama city of Enterprise has been investing in its local schools and upgrading the school system’s curriculum to improve the standing of Fort Rucker in a future base closure round, city leaders told the media earlier this week. “The thing that is very important is that we took a proactive approach of not waiting until BRAC occurs,” said Mayor Kenneth Boswell. “We wanted to go ahead and be prepared for BRAC so that it could not be utilized against us.” The press conference followed last week’s release of a report from the Stimson Center highlighting the importance of school quality and student achievement in public schools located at Army communities …

Officials Seek to Create Emergency Services Hub at Niagara Air Station

  • July 1, 2015
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Elected officials and other supporters of Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station secured $500,000 in state funding to launch an initiative to establish an emergency services hub at the installation to house first response agencies from across Western New York. The $500,000 grant from Empire State Development will be used as seed money to retrofit existing facilities at the air station, state Sen. Robert Ortt (R) announced Monday. The project would be located next to the base at Niagara Falls International Airport and could take $3 million and six years to complete. “This is one more development trying to make the base more attractive, more of an asset in the community, both from a military and from a local community standpoint …

DOD Working Group to Take Closer Look at Public Schools

  • June 30, 2015
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The Pentagon has formed a DOD-wide working group to address issues related to the quality of public schools that serve military kids. “They’re looking across all the military services, with respect to what the larger department might be able to do to address some of the concerns we have with public schools,” said Carla Coulson, director of installation services for the Army’s office of the assistant chief of staff for installation management, reported Military Times. Last week, a think tank highlighted the importance of school quality and student achievement in public schools located at Army communities. It used data from an Army study that began in 2013 …

Ohio Lawmakers Approve $5M for Military Facilities Commission

  • June 28, 2015
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The Ohio Legislature last week passed a two-year state budget with $5 million to invest in infrastructure projects at the state’s military facilities. The funds, which would create an Ohio Military Facilities Commission, are aimed at strengthening the state’s installations ahead of a looming BRAC round. “This prepares us for the inevitable consolidations and opportunities that we know are going to come up,” state Rep. Rick Perales (R) told the Dayton Business Journal. The funds would go to projects at installations across Ohio, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Rickenbacker airport in Columbus and Air National Guard bases in Springfield and Mansfield …

LRA Closes on Deal to Acquire Ft. McPherson from Army, Sell Bulk to Filmmaker

  • June 28, 2015
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The Fort McPherson LRA on Friday approved the sale of about 330 acres of the 475-acre post to filmmaker Tyler Perry, before the authority closed on its agreement with the Army to acquire the post located on the southwest edge of Atlanta. The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority now owns 145 acres at the installation free and clear and will begin crafting a redevelopment plan for the property. The authority’s plans include walkable, mixed-use development connected to two MARTA stations, a vibrant historic village, mixed-use retail development supporting Perry’s film studios, office or medical office space, and market rate multifamily developments …

Construction at Former Walter Reed to Break Ground Late Next Year

  • June 28, 2015
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The joint venture converting the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northwest Washington, D.C., into a mix of housing and commercial development plans to break ground on the project’s first phase before the end of 2016. Plans for the 66-acre Parks at Walter Reed call for 250,000 square feet of retail, 2,000 housing units, a Hyatt hotel and conference center, and an “innovation core” of offices anchored by George Washington University, MIT and bioscience firms. The D.C. City Council could approve the transfer of the land from the Army late this year and simultaneously approve a 99-year ground lease to the joint venture of Hines Interests and Urban Atlantic …

Smith Outlines Recipe for Sustaining DOD

  • June 26, 2015
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It’s not exactly a tightly-held secret that the Defense Department would like to spend a lot more money in the coming years than it is likely to get. And as long as the spending caps imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act remain in effect and partisan differences prevent Congress from striking a long-term budget deal, the Pentagon will continue to struggle to carry out all of its missions. But there is a way out of this predicament, Washington Rep. Adam Smith (D), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, said this week during the congressional keynote at the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit. The first step is for lawmakers to scrap the Budget Control Act and replace it with a new long-term spending plan …

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