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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Connecticut Sub Base Not Threatened by BRAC, Commander Says

  • May 25, 2015
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Naval Submarine Base New London is well positioned to weather the next BRAC round, the base commander said Thursday at a meeting sponsored by the Groton Business Association. “I think we have a compelling case for staying open,” said Capt. Carl Lahti. While the Army and Air Force are clamoring for the authority to close bases, senior Navy officials, including Secretary Ray Mabus, have said the department has the right amount of shore infrastructure for the current level of naval strength. Lahti said he believes certain base functions could be moved around but the Navy is not expecting any base closures during the next BRAC …

Texas Legislature Expected to Provide $30M for Installations

  • May 21, 2015
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Texas lawmakers are expected to include $30 million in the state’s next two-year budget to support military installations, reports the El Paso Times. The state’s compromise budget for the fiscal 2016-2017 biennium now includes $30 million for defense economic adjustment assistance grants to help communities support local installations, but the plan still needs to be adopted by a House-Senate conference committee, Reps. Marisa Márquez (D) and Joe Pickett (D) told the paper. The move comes as the prospect of a new BRAC round looms. The budget request submitted by DOD in February requested permission to hold a BRAC in 2017, the fourth straight year the Obama administration has asked for approval for additional base closures …

House Votes to Authorize $25M in Defense Bill for Transportation Upgrades at Growth Bases

  • May 21, 2015
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Defense communities still coping with mission growth stemming from the 2005 round of base closures could apply for a total of $25 million for transportation infrastructure improvements, as the result of an amendment added on the House floor last week to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The provision, sponsored by Reps. Denny Heck (Wash.) and Don Beyer (Va.), would authorize the funds to be allocated to the Office of Economic Adjustment, which would award grants through a competitive process. The amendment states that the money should be used for transportation upgrades “associated with congestion mitigation in urban areas” related to the last BRAC round …

Senate Committee Advances Milcon Funding Bill

  • May 21, 2015
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The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a fiscal 2016 spending bill that would provide $8.1 billion for military construction and family housing programs, representing a $1.3 billion boost over current year funding and a significant step toward restoring milcon funding to levels allocated as recently as FY 2014. Spending on military construction programs dropped about one-third in the current year as DOD opted to defer a portion of its construction program to fund higher priorities such as operations and readiness. The House also voted to increase milcon spending, but only to $7.7 billion. Both chambers’ spending bills fall short of the president’s request for $8.4 billion in FY 2016 …

Florida County Considers Acquiring Airport Property from Eglin AFB

  • May 20, 2015
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In a bid to save money and help shield Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., during a future round of base closures, Okaloosa County officials are considering purchasing the property of the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport that it now leases from the installation. County commissioners on Tuesday voted to ask county airport officials to research the issue, reported Northwest Florida Daily News. The county currently leases the 131-acre airport property for about $400,000 a year. The airport had been called Northwest Florida Regional Airport until its name was changed earlier this year …

Effort to Ease HUBZone Eligibility Requirements at Closed Bases Gains Momentum

  • May 20, 2015
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A long-standing effort to make it easier for tenants at closed installations to qualify for the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program may finally bear fruit this year after language to relax the program’s eligibility requirements was included in the Senate version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The provision, which would loosen the requirement for 35 percent of a HUBZone participant’s employees to live within a HUBZone, also was included in the House version of the annual policy bill. As a result, the prospect that the changes make it into the final version of the authorization bill is very favorable. The effort to amend the HUBZone program — an initiative offering preferential access to federal procurements to businesses in distressed areas — has been led by Maine’s congressional delegation to support the reuse project at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station …

Developer Snaps up Block across from Walter Reed Hospital Site

  • May 18, 2015
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McLean, Va.-based Elm Street Development has purchased seven adjacent parcels across the street from the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northwest Washington to build housing. Elm Street paid $7.0 million for the lots, representing a significant amount of appreciation due to the District of Columbia’s selection of a master developer to convert 67 acres of the medical campus into a mixed-used development calling for retail, housing, a hotel and conference center, and “innovation core.” The previous owners acquired the parcels several years earlier for only $2.1 million, reported the Washington Business Journal. “That was the main driver, Walter Reed,” said Karen McJunkin, a regional partner at Elm Street …

Paper Questions Lack of Job Growth at Federal City Project

  • May 17, 2015
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At the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 round of base closures, the Times-Picayune takes the opportunity to chronicle the history of the Federal City project, the redevelopment of the Naval Support Activity New Orleans, and question why it hasn’t achieved its goal of creating 10,000 jobs. The project was born out of the 2005 BRAC round when officials from New Orleans and Louisiana successfully lobbied the BRAC Commission to keep open the Naval Support Activity’s Algiers campus — located on the west bank of the Mississippi River — and move the headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve there from the Navy’s Bywater campus across the river. The state pledged $125 million to build a new facility for the Marines …

Planning Board Endorses Proposal for Alameda Point

  • May 13, 2015
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Plans to convert a 68-acre portion of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, Calif., into a mixed development with homes, commercial space and parkland moved one step closer to being realized this week after Alameda’s Planning Board unanimously approved the proposal. The city council will take up the plan next month, when it also will consider the development agreement the city has struck with Alameda Point Partners for the parcel, reported the Alamedan. The city selected Alameda Point Partners after deciding to direct the project itself following two failed efforts led by master developers over the past decade …

Senate Readiness Panel Denies Pentagon’s BRAC Request

  • May 12, 2015
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The Defense Department would be prohibited from holding a round of base closures, under the portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill marked up Tuesday by the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee. “At a time when the department cannot afford to fully fund … readiness requirements, I do not support giving the department the authority to pursue a BRAC round,” said Subcommittee Chair Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), reported CQ Roll Call. The panel’s rejection of the Obama administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017 was not a surprise as Ayotte has made her opposition clear in recent years …

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