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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

State-Funded Boiler Trims Energy Use at Groton Sub Base

  • July 20, 2014
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Connecticut officials visited Naval Submarine Base New London on Thursday to mark the Navy’s first use of a $3 million natural gas and ultra-low sulfur diesel boiler the state paid for several years ago. The steam and hot water boiler and a second one the Navy recently purchased are 40 percent more efficient than the boilers they replaced, reported the Day. “It’s great; we advanced the base from 1960s technology to current technology, so that is just a tremendous leap forward in efficiency,” said Bob Ross, executive director of the state’s Office of Military Affairs …

Rival Files Lawsuit to Block Ft. McPherson Sale to Filmmaker

  • July 20, 2014
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An Atlanta entertainment company last week filed a federal lawsuit against the LRA for the former Fort McPherson seeking to block the sale of much of the 488-acre post to filmmaker Tyler Perry. In the suit, Ubiquitous Entertainment Studios states that it had met with the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority about purchasing 80 acres for a “movie studio entertainment complex” in 2011, but was told officials couldn’t negotiate until the Army transferred the property …

Towns’ Support Builds for Measure to Overhaul South Weymouth Reuse

  • July 20, 2014
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With a July 31 deadline looming for the Massachusetts Legislature to approve a measure to strip authority from the LRA responsible for the reuse of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth located 20 miles outside of Boston, officials in two of the base’s three neighboring towns so far are supporting the proposal sponsored by the project’s master developer. The plan put forward by Starwood Land Ventures would shift responsibility for public services and property tax revenue to the surrounding communities of Weymouth, Abington and Rockland, while giving Starwood more flexibility regarding the pace of the project …

Ft. Meade Neighbor Growing, but Failing to Meet BRAC Expectations

  • July 18, 2014
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Following the 2005 round of BRAC, planners predicted Laurel, Md., would benefit from the influx of growth slated for nearby Fort Meade, and the city approved a number of apartments and housing developments to accommodate the surge. Nine years later, it’s clear that the projections missed the mark as Laurel’s population only climbed by 4,000 to 26,000 currently. The recession that took hold several years after the last BRAC played a major role in limiting new development in the city, but so did the decision by many personnel relocating to Fort Meade to commute rather than move closer to their new post …

Measure Keeping BRAC Documents Secret Goes to North Carolina Governor

  • July 17, 2014
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Documents used by North Carolina officials pertaining to the state’s military installations in relation to a BRAC round can be withheld from public view, under the final version of legislation approved unanimously by both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly on Wednesday. The measure now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory (R) for his signature. State Rep. Elmer Floyd (D), whose district includes Fort Bragg, said the bill would exempt information about the state’s strategy in a future base closure round from being disclosed through state public records laws and public meeting laws, reported the Fayetteville Observer. The Military Lands Protection Act also strengthens laws preventing tall structures from being built within five miles of an installation if the military opposes the project.

Presidio Trust Completes 15-Year Cleanup Program

  • July 17, 2014
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With only a little fanfare, the Presidio Trust, the federal agency responsible for transforming the historic Army post into a national park site, hit a critical milestone this spring when it completed the $172 million environmental remediation program set out when the Army transferred management of the cleanup of the San Francisco installation to the Trust in 1999. Since then, the Trust has cleaned up more than 200 hazardous waste sites within the 1,500-acre National Historic Landmark outlined in a consent agreement with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control …

Southern Maryland Leaders Look to Strengthen Pax River ahead of BRAC

  • July 13, 2014
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With outstanding facilities, an ideal location and a large swath of controlled airspace, Naval Air Station Patuxent River is in a favorable position with a possible BRAC round looming, but officials in southern Maryland believe there is more to do to bolster the installation’s standing after finding out the results of an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. “There’s nothing popping up out of the study suggesting something we can’t handle,” Robin Finnacom, acting director of the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, told Southern Maryland News. Most interesting was the $60,000 report’s conclusion that one of the installation’s most valuable attributes, the complexity and unique characteristics of its missions, poses a potential weakness …

LRA Issues RFQ for 3,000-Acre Navy Base in Eastern Puerto Rico

  • July 10, 2014
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Puerto Rico’s Local Redevelopment Authority is seeking responses to a recently issued request for qualifications (RFQ) for master developers for the redevelopment of Roosevelt Roads, the island’s former U.S. Navy Base in Cieba. The RFQ includes 3,000 acres of prime Caribbean coastline that is ideal for hotel properties, ecotourism, marinas, light industrial, casinos, educational institutions and other mixed-use development …

Local, Federal Partners Help Ft. Monroe LRA Advance Its Reuse Goals

  • July 7, 2014
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At the end of its first year as the primary property owner at Fort Monroe, the former post’s LRA has recorded a number of achievements at the same time it is tackling multiple challenges. The Fort Monroe Authority has leased about 235,000 square feet of commercial property at the installation located on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, providing jobs in the city of Hampton, Va., space for two congregations and the Casemate Museum, and summer entertainment at the Paradise Ocean Club, Chairman John Lawson wrote in a recent commentary in the Daily Press …

Court Turns Back Challenge to Environmental Study for Treasure Island Reuse

  • July 7, 2014
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A California Appeals Court on Monday rejected the claim by a local environmental group that the impact study approved by the city of San Francisco for the redevelopment of Treasure Island failed to accurately assess the project’s environmental impacts on traffic, historic resources, safety, tidelands and other issues. The court’s decision to uphold the lower court’s December 2012 ruling keeps the redevelopment planned for the former naval station on track. The $1.5 billion reuse plan calls for up to 8,000 housing units, 19,000 residents, 140,000 square feet of commercial space and 100,000 square feet of office space to be added to the site in the middle of San Francisco Bay …

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