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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

City to Ask State to Review Treasure Island Cleanup

  • September 12, 2012
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The city of San Francisco plans to ask state officials to conduct its own investigation of the Navy’s cleanup of Treasure Island, in the wake of a recent report acknowledging that the island was used in the 1940s to repair and scrap ships exposed to nuclear testing in the Pacific. Michael Tymoff, the city’s project director for Treasure Island, said his office is preparing a formal request for the California Department of Public Health to carry out a new study, reported the Bay Citizen. State officials have said the Navy did not conduct a thorough assessment of radioactive contamination on Treasure Island, raising the possibility that it has not identified all of the affected areas. The Navy and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control both say that the island does not pose a health risk to residents. The Navy has said it will continue to work with the state to complete all needed investigations and cleanup.

Community Group Challenges Navy’s Broadway Complex

  • September 11, 2012
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An environmental group on Monday planned to file a lawsuit in federal court blocking the Navy’s plan to redevelop the Broadway Complex on the San Diego waterfront. The goal of the Navy Broadway Coalition is to alter the Navy’s plan to build a new headquarters, primarily by providing more open space and fewer hotels, reported KPBS Radio. The Navy reached an agreement with a local developer in 2006 to build it new offices in exchange for a 99-year lease to develop the waterfront property, meeting a deadline imposed by the 2005 BRAC Commission for avoiding closure of the site …

Arduous Road to Streamlining Disposal Process for Civilian Properties

  • September 11, 2012
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The path to a streamlined process for disposing of thousands of unneeded federal properties while raising billions in government revenue is filled with a variety of roadblocks, including competing legislative proposals, opposition over an exemption to a rule intended to benefit homeless groups and overly optimistic valuations of surplus buildings. Later this month, the Senate is expected to debate a proposal introduced by Thomas Carper (D-Del.) that would establish a five-year pilot program for agencies to eliminate excess properties, reports CQ Today …

Even After BRAC, Redstone Continues to Grow

  • September 6, 2012
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Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking this week at Redstone Arsenal for the final phase of a complex that, when completed, will house more than 5,700 professionals working on air and missile defense. The last phase of the Von Braun Complex, scheduled to open in 2014, will provide space for 850 employees of the Missile Defense Agency, reports the Huntsville Times. The complex also houses Army Space and Missile Defense Command …

Town Cancels Deal to Finance Development at Brunswick Landing through TIF

  • September 6, 2012
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In a surprise move, the Brunswick Town Council voted this week to call off talks over financing infrastructure improvements at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station through tax increment financing. Early discussions had indicated the financing mechanism would generate $12 million over 30 years for the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority …

Robyn Could Jump Start GSA Effort to Shed Excess Properties, Panel Chairman Says

  • September 6, 2012
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The leading proponent of legislation that would create a civilian BRAC commission to expedite the disposal of thousands of unneeded federal properties is pushing the General Services Administration to adopt his proposal, citing this week’s appointment of Dorothy Robyn, DOD’s installations chief, to commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service as a possible first step toward that goal. “We are hopeful that Dr. Robyn’s experience working with the DOD’s BRAC process will encourage greater innovation and cost efficiency within the GSA by utilizing CPRA [Civilian Property Realignment Act] to streamline the process and ensure the effective and efficient sale or consolidation of these properties …

State Leaders Look to Position Washington Bases to Survive Coming Changes

  • September 5, 2012
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Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire urged defense support groups from throughout the state to work together as state and local officials try to shield Washington’s installations from a future base closure round and looming budget cuts. Groups representing Pierce and Thurston counties near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Spokane near Fairchild Air Force Base, and Navy communities from Whidbey Island to Bremerton to Everett attended last month’s meeting of the Washington Military Alliance, reported the News Tribune …

Robyn Moving to GSA to Lead Public Buildings Service

  • September 4, 2012
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Dorothy Robyn, who oversaw the effort to carry out the recommendations from BRAC 2005 as DOD’s installations chief, will leave the department shortly to become commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service, the unit that manages the federal government’s real estate portfolio. Robyn, who has been deputy undersecretary for installations and environment since July 2009, will join GSA “in the coming weeks,” according to a memo Dan Tangherlini, GSA’s acting administrator, sent employees on Tuesday …

Abandoned Bunkers, Rail Lines to Be Recycled for Concord Redevelopment

  • September 3, 2012
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Steel from buildings and rail lines left behind at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station, along with concrete from hundreds of abandoned ammunition bunkers, are expected to save the city of Concord and others millions of dollars when the northern California site is converted to civilian use. The recycled steel and concrete could save the redevelopment effort about $9 million, with some of the savings resulting from reduced transportation costs. Recycled concrete, for example, will be used as a base for the reuse project’s new roads …

40,000 Attend Air Show at Brunswick Landing

  • September 3, 2012
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More than 40,000 people attended last month’s Great State of Maine Air Show at Brunswick Landing, helping the LRA for the former Brunswick Naval Air Station break even on the event’s $800,000 cost. The air show — which featured the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s precision flying team — was the second held at the air station since it officially closed. Last year’s event attracted 25,000 after the event was interrupted by Hurricane Irene …

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