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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Thornberry Firmly against Holding a BRAC Round Soon

  • September 8, 2014
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Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), considered the frontrunner to replace Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) in the next Congress as chair of the Armed Services Committee, told supporters of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., last week that he opposes conducting a new round of base closures in the near future. “I don’t think you are going to see a BRAC anytime soon. We haven’t paid for the last one …

New Board for South Weymouth Project Faces Heavy Workload

  • September 7, 2014
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The new board created by legislation intended to overhaul the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth will have a full plate when it holds its first meeting in two weeks. The major challenges facing the newly formed SouthField Redevelopment Authority — which is replacing the long-standing LRA, the South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp. and its five-member board — include implementing a new budget, setting a tax rate and overcoming a steep learning curve on a project that has fallen behind schedule and failed to attract interest from commercial developers …

Tests Reveal Toxic Vapor in Homes outside Ft. Gillem

  • September 7, 2014
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Tests conducted this summer by the Army found toxic vapor in more than two dozen homes near the former Fort Gillem located outside of Atlanta, most likely caused by groundwater contaminants that seeped off the base. The Army and residents previously had been aware of underground plumes of volatile organic compounds that migrated from landfills and dump sites off the post, but the presence of airborne contaminants at levels high enough to pose a danger to humans is a troubling discovery, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday …

State Funds Fuel School Construction in Huntsville

  • September 3, 2014
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Madison County, Ala., has been taking advantage of its share of state bond funds intended to help school districts affected by BRAC growth at Redstone Arsenal. Last month, the county school system completed the $2.3 million purchase of a parcel planned to house a new high school and celebrated the opening of a new intermediate school, reported the Redstone Rocket. The school’s opening allowed officials to lessen overcrowding at an elementary school and reduce the number of grades handled at two other schools …

Governor Resurrects Group to Protect Washington Bases

  • September 3, 2014
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Wednesday renewed a coalition of groups to help shield the state’s installations from further downsizing stemming from Pentagon budget cuts. The Washington Military Alliance — which will have members from economic development offices, chambers of commerce and the military — will help protect defense jobs, contracts and infrastructure in the state. The group will meet quarterly and will serve as a policy adviser to state officials, reported the Spokesman-Review. “It’s really all about protecting the military assets we have,” said Rich Hadley, who was named to lead the alliance …

Business Activity Lags Residential Program at Fort Monroe

  • September 2, 2014
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Former Army residences at Fort Monroe have proved popular as 95 percent of homes and apartments at the property are leased, but the LRA’s fortunes have been less successful at filling the historic post’s office and commercial space. About 1.1 million square feet of commercial space exists at the installation located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay, but only 22 companies and organizations are tenants, reported the Daily Press. The primary difficulty the authority faces is the need for major renovations on many of the buildings at Fort Monroe …

Master Developer Competition for Willow Grove Narrows to Four Teams

  • September 2, 2014
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One of five teams vying vie to become the master developer for the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove withdrew its bid and, instead, has joined forces with one of the four remaining competitors. Toll Brothers, which is headquartered in the same town as the installation — Horsham, Pa. — now is part of the team led by Miami-based Lennar Corp., reported the Philadelphia Business Journal. The teams submitted their proposals to spearhead redevelopment of the 862-acre site located north of Philadelphia to the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority last month …

Kroger Groundbreaking Marks Start of New Life for Ft. Gillem

  • September 1, 2014
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State and local officials are pointing to last month’s groundbreaking ceremony at the former Fort Gillem for a 1 million-square-foot distribution center for Kroger as the first step in converting the Atlanta-area post into a major logistics hub for the region. “It is good to see this property being able to be used for other purposes, and I know that many of you have waited for this first breakthrough event, and I believe it is just that,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) said at the Aug. 19 event, reported WABE. “It is the beginning of what hopefully are many other opportunities for development will follow …

State Senator Urges Army to Scrutinize Ft. McPherson Sale to Tyler Perry

  • August 26, 2014
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State Sen. Vincent Fort (D), whose district includes the former Fort McPherson, is asking the Army to consider the repercussions of allowing the LRA to sell two-thirds of the post to filmmaker Tyler Perry, given the many years spent by community members crafting a mixed-use plan for the site. The proposed sale is “an abandonment of the approved … plan and is a betrayal of the citizens of East Point and Atlanta,” Fort said in an Aug. 7 letter to Army Secretary John McHugh. “There was a master plan in process that went on for several years,” he told Army Times last week …

New Jersey Developer Wins Auction for Property at Kelly Support Facility

  • August 14, 2014
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A New Jersey real estate developer submitted the winning bid for 18 acres at the former Charles E. Kelly Support Facility located outside of Pittsburgh. Paul Cusa, who owns Atlantic Office Suites in Wall, N. J., bid $580,000 during a live auction run by the General Services Administration. Four bidders participated in the auction for the property closed under the 2005 BRAC round, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The two parcels auctioned include the commissary building and a former missile bunker. They are next to a 72-acre park Collier Township received from the federal government via a public benefit conveyance. A community center under construction there is almost complete. No plans for the two parcels zoned for mixed use have been announced. The township would like to see a mix of uses, including homes, offices and businesses, according to the story.

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