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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Senate Bill Would Extend BRAC Environmental Protections to Other Sites

  • November 29, 2012
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Military installations closed outside of the BRAC process would receive the same liability protections as BRAC sites when unknown contamination is discovered, under a bill introduced Wednesday by Indiana Sen. Dan Coats (R). The bill, a companion measure to language included in the House version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, would extend liability protections provided to developers of BRAC installations to all DOD facilities closed after Oct. 24, 1988 …

Newly Discovered Contamination Closes Bike Park at Former Orlando Base

  • November 14, 2012
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The Navy continues to test soil in one portion of the former Naval Training Center Orlando to determine the boundaries of newly discovered contamination. The Navy expects to finish removing contaminated soil within a year after it completes testing, reported the Orlando Sentinel. For residents, the discovery is setting back plans to open Orlando’s first mountain bike park. It also is proving frustrating as the Navy already has ripped up parts of the bike track built by volunteers in its search for contamination. The Navy previously performed an extensive cleanup of the tract before turning it over to the city for use as a park in 2009.

Ft. Monmouth to Open Shortly to House Storm Victims

  • November 13, 2012
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Fort Monmouth is expected to open by next week to provide long-term temporary housing to residents of coastal New Jersey displaced by Hurricane Sandy and last week’s nor’easter. Utilities should be restored at the former Army post by the end of the week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Wednesday. The site can accommodate between 400 and 500 families, reported NJ.com. Approximately 900 state residents are still in shelters. The state plans to use a lottery to select residents for the emergency housing, Christie said.

GSA Pushing Excess Properties to Market

  • November 12, 2012
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The General Services Administration is bolstering efforts to auction unneeded federal properties as part of a push to identify and dispose of surplus facilities. GSA is working with other agencies to accelerate the process of preparing unneeded properties for sale and moving them to market, reported Federal Times. Last year the agency sold 79 properties for $37 million, and this year it plans to surpass that pace …

Military Adds $27B to San Antonio’s Economy

  • November 11, 2012
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San Antonio didn’t earn the moniker “Military City USA” for nothing. The economic impact of the military accounted for $27.7 billion and 189,000 jobs, directly and indirectly, in the region in 2011, city officials reported Thursday. The study, sponsored by the city’s Economic Development Department and Office of Military Affairs, found that DOD accounts for over 132,000 direct jobs in San Antonio, with Joint Base San Antonio the largest single employer in the community employing more than 92,000 personnel …

Officials Consider Housing Storm Victims at Ft. Monmouth

  • November 11, 2012
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Housing inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs visited Fort Monmouth on Friday to assess whether the former Army post could provide long-term temporary housing for residents of coastal New Jersey displaced by Hurricane Sandy and last week’s nor’easter. The inspectors gave good grades to 300 units in seven buildings that could accommodate 600 to 900 people, reported NJ.com. Other buildings could accommodate additional families …

Impact of DOD’s Departure from Leased Space in Northern Virginia to Last Several Years

  • November 5, 2012
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Now that most of DOD’s relocation from leased space in Arlington, Va., under BRAC has occurred, it should take several more years for occupancy rates to rebound, according to a real estate investment trust with significant holdings in Northern Virginia. Those relocations have caused the occupancy rate at Vornado Realty Trust’s Northern Virginia office properties to decline from 90 percent to 84 percent in the past year, reported the Washington Business Journal. “There is a lot of churn, but not yet enough absorption to eat into vacancies, especially in the peak BRAC year,” said Vornado/Charles E. Smith President Mitchel Schear. Recovery from the moves should begin in 2014, he said.

Charter School Gains Financing for Campus at Federal City

  • November 5, 2012
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A military academy for high school students last week closed on a financing package for a $14 million campus at the Federal City project, providing a key tenant for the redevelopment of the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans. The campus for the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy, a state charter high school which requires students to participate in Marine Corps Junior ROTC, will include two renovated Navy buildings along with additional facilities …

Mare Island Cleanup Team Celebrates Honors

  • November 4, 2012
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The Navy’s BRAC Program Management Office last week was recognized for leading the restoration of a complex, 230-acre landfill at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, Calif., an effort which saved $42 million and avoided a substantial amount of greenhouse gas emissions. For its innovative solution to capping the landfill, which resulted in the creation of 8.7 acres of new wetlands, improvement of 120 acres of existing wetlands and creation of new public access trails, the BRAC office earned a 2012 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award …

Jobs Plan for Army Base Redevelopment to Ensure Workforce from Oakland

  • November 4, 2012
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The Oakland City Council last week approved final language for an agreement with the city’s master developer for the former Oakland Army Base ensuring at least half of the estimated 2,800 construction jobs and 2,000 permanent jobs the project is expected to generate go to local residents. The project labor agreement with Prologis and California Capital & Investment Group also requires that at least 25 percent of employees used for the project be apprentice-level workers, and that all apprentices be Oakland residents …

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