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White House Opposes Defense Spending Bill over BRAC, Compensation Reform

  • June 17, 2014
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The White House on Tuesday said it “strongly opposes” House passage of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill over its failure to include a variety of cost-saving reforms, but fell short of issuing a veto threat. “Without congressional support for meaningful compensation reforms and other cost-saving measures, force structure changes, and flexibility to manage weapon systems and infrastructure, there is an increased risk to the department’s ability to implement the president’s defense strategy, which will contribute to a military that will be less capable of responding effectively to future challenges …

Community Still Waiting for Final Transfer from 1995 Realignment of Pennsylvania Depot

  • June 16, 2014
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The need to finish cleaning up about 150 acres at Letterkenny Army Depot has delayed the disposal of a parcel that was slated for realignment during the 1995 round of base closures. The 1995 BRAC round originally realigned almost 1,500 acres from Letterkenny, located in south central Pennsylvania, but the Army asked to retain about 350 acres due to the increased workload associated with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, reported the Chambersburg Public Opinion. So far the Army has spent $30 million cleaning up property at the depot contaminated from degreasers stored or disposed of during the 1950s and 1960s. The Army has completed five of seven planned phases for transferring the realigned acreage. A date for completing the last property transfers to the community has not yet been established, according to the story.

Development at Seneca Army Depot Threatens Preservation of White Deer Herd

  • June 16, 2014
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As plans for the development of the former Seneca Army Depot in New York’s Finger Lakes District advance, a group of local preservationists is warning that the property’s unique herd of all-white deer may scatter. The herd of about 200 deer now roam throughout the depot’s remaining 7,000 acres of undeveloped land, hemmed in by 24 miles of fencing, reports Syracuse.com. The neighboring towns of Romulus and Varick are discussing imposing new zoning so the land can be used for residential, commercial and agricultural development …

DOD Funding Needed to Accelerate Transportation Projects, Appropriators Say

  • June 16, 2014
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The Pentagon should allocate funding for transportation projects outside the gates of military installations to help host communities accommodate increases in traffic stemming from mission growth, according to the report from the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill. “By including mission growth transportation projects as eligible infrastructure projects for federal defense funding, important improvements can be made while creating jobs and strengthening national security …

Colorado Springs Ranch Deal Could Benefit Peterson AFB

  • June 15, 2014
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The agreement by a Colorado Springs, Colo., developer to purchase an 18,000-acre ranch on the eastern side of the city could provide the solution to Peterson Air Force Base’s long-unfulfilled need to expand, according to local officials. Commanders of the 1,200-acre base have previously sought to enlarge Peterson onto the ranch property, located on its eastern border, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette. With a BRAC round looming, expansion could give Peterson a leg up. “If the base has more space, that becomes a good thing for the community, especially as the military reorganizes and moves things around …

Concord LRA Narrows Master Developer Search to Four Firms

  • June 15, 2014
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The LRA for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station last week selected four firms with significant experience in base redevelopment to compete to convert the San Francisco Bay-area facility into a mix of residential, office and commercial uses. The four firms — Catellus Development Corp., FivePoint Communities/Lennar, J.F. Shea Co. and SunCal — were among eight companies responding to the city’s request for qualifications to become the master developer to implement the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan …

First Units Go on Sale at Hunters Point Redevelopment

  • June 13, 2014
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Lennar Urban opened up its sales office last week at the former Hunters Point Shipyard to launch sales of 88 modern townhomes and condominiums ranging in price from the mid $400,000s to $700,000s. The developer plans to finish the first model homes this summer and welcome the first residents in September, reports San Francisco Business Times. The project, named the San Francisco Shipyard, will transform 758 acres of the former Navy facility into a development with more than 12,000 homes when it’s completed. “The homes are going to be a breath of fresh air — a lot of people are getting priced out of San Francisco,” said Sheryl McKibben, vice president of sales and marketing at Lennar Urban. “We can’t build them fast enough …

Tank Plant Support Group Seeks Better Understanding of BRAC 2005 Rankings

  • June 12, 2014
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The local support group for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC), formerly the Lima Tank Plant, plans to seek its congressional delegation’s help in clarifying what type of industrial facilities the center should be ranked against in a future base closure round. The JSMC, located in northwest Ohio, is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility responsible for manufacturing, repairing, refurbishing and testing combat vehicles and defense systems. After reviewing how the facility was evaluated in the last BRAC round, Task Force Lima concluded that it shouldn’t have been ranked against arsenals since its role is different …

Commercial Development Next Phase for Federal City Project

  • June 12, 2014
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Progress on the second phase of redevelopment at the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans is expected to get back on track following resolution of the years-long conflict over management of the Federal City project. In the first phase of development at the project located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, a public-private partnership built the headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North. A child care center and the first stage of a new YMCA also were completed. The second phase calls for new retail space, including a grocery, and expansion of the YMCA. “We’ve been on pause for three years. This is a re-birth,” Kathy Lynn, executive director of the Algiers Development District, told the Times-Picayune. “We plan to make this a place to live, work and play.”

Congress Likely to Resist Attempts to Close Bases outside of BRAC, House Staffer Says

  • June 9, 2014
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Congress most likely would oppose an attempt by the Pentagon to use its authority to close an installation outside of a BRAC round, a staff member for the House Armed Services Committee said last week at the Defense Communities National Summit. If the department tried to use section 2687, there would be “pushback” from lawmakers, Dave Sienicki, a professional staff member on the majority side of HASC, told attendees. Congress has “blunt weapons” to employ and likely would lower the workforce thresholds in the statute …

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