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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

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 …

BRAC Forum Moved to December

  • November 1, 2012
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ADC has rescheduled the Defense Policy Forum: Using BRAC Lessons Learned to Address the Resource Challenges of Today to Dec. 6 after being forced to postpone it due to Hurricane Sandy. This special event — which will be held at the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C., from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. — will present the findings from the ADC 2012 Annual Conference BRAC analysis workshop, including a detailed examination of the workshop after-action report (a copy of the report will be provided at the event) …

Ft. Monmouth to Put up Out-of-State Power Workers

  • November 1, 2012
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Utility workers from around the nation coming to assist recovery efforts in New Jersey will be staying at the former Fort Monmouth, which is located close by many of the beachfront communities hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to build temporary housing at the closed Army post to accommodate the influx of workers, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday …

Report Outlines Challenges ahead for Florida’s Installations

  • October 31, 2012
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A strategic plan released this week by the Florida Defense Support Task Force recommends a multitude of goals the state should strive to achieve, including addressing encroachment, supporting DOD’s efforts to conserve energy and shift energy use toward renewable sources, improving transportation access, and strengthening its support for military families and veterans. The 991-page report, produced by the Spectrum Group, was launched last year to help the state cope with potential consolidation and realignment actions stemming from the Pentagon’s need to help reduce the federal deficit …

D.C. Visit Buoys Colorado Springs Leaders

  • October 25, 2012
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Community leaders from Colorado Springs returned from their annual trip to Washington, D.C., with a better understanding of the key threats the region faces as it strives to preserve the region’s military presence. “We’ve been told the Air Force wants to close and realign bases. That could be a problem,” one local businessman told the Colorado Springs Business Journal …

Residents Approve Land Purchase to Protect Groton Sub Base

  • October 24, 2012
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The town of Ledyard, Conn., on Wednesday approved the purchase of 20 acres of property adjacent to Naval Submarine Base New London in an effort to protect the installation in a future BRAC round. The town received a $167,500 grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development for the purchase to expand the size of the buffer around the submarine base, reported the Day. The state and the town will maintain the tract as open space. “Anything that we can do to make the base a little less subject to being closed is a good thing,” said Ledyard resident and former mayor Fred Allyn.

California Panel Approves Exchange Agreement for Alameda Point

  • October 23, 2012
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The California State Lands Commission last week approved an exchange agreement for Naval Air Station Alameda, helping pave the way for redevelopment of the parcel now known as Alameda Point. The deal call for lands along the waterfront to be placed in the public trust, a first step toward opening public access to the waterfront and attracting maritime commerce. Interior lands under the agreement will be removed from the public trust and allowed to be developed …

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