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Posts Tagged ‘defense real estate’

Criteria Needed to Help GSA Better Target Property Exchanges, GAO Finds

  • September 1, 2014
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Developing criteria to determine when it should pursue a real property exchange would help the General Services Administration better target promising opportunities for taking advantage of the authority, a recent report by the Government Accountability Office concludes. Real property exchanges, which the report calls “swap-construct” exchanges, allow the government to trade property to developers for construction services or existing facilities. The authority can help GSA deal with the challenge of disposing of unneeded property and modernizing or replacing federal buildings, but multiple factors can affect the success of such an approach …

Housing Developer Files Suit over Property Tax Assessment at Eielson AFB

  • August 26, 2014
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Corvias Air Force Living, the family housing developer at Eielson Air Force Base, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week to stop the Fairbanks North Star Borough from assessing property taxes on about 900 homes it manages at the installation. Because the Air Force had leased the land where the housing is located to a private entity, the borough assessed the developer a $1.8 million tax bill for the current year. The borough and Corvias had entered negotiations to reach agreement on a payment in lieu of taxes that would have lowered the bill to $580,000, but a deal was never reached …

Unused Runway Converted to Training Site for Air Reserve Programs

  • August 26, 2014
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A dead runway at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., is now being used to train airmen for a variety of occupations, including tractor trailer and crane operators, and explosive ordnance disposal technicians. Dobbins donated the runway and several acres of land to the Air Force Reserve Command’s Expeditionary Combat Support Training Certification Center in 2001, according to Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs. AFCEC manages some of the training programs offered by the training center; other programs include mobile aircraft arresting systems and use of the reverse osmosis water purification unit …

Signs of Progress in Federal Effort to Pare List of Excess Properties

  • July 30, 2014
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At a House hearing on Tuesday, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) said the federal government’s ownership of 7,000 unneeded properties worth $350 billion is “unacceptable.” “The Congress and public will be astounded to learn of the unbelievable inventory of properties uncovered in documents provided to the committee after waiting nearly three years,” said Mica, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform’s Government Operations Subcommittee. Nearly 1,500 of the unneeded properties are valued in the multi-million-dollar range …

Agencies Need to Balance Owning, Leasing, White Paper Argues

  • July 28, 2014
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A new white paper is urging the federal government to rely on a diverse real estate portfolio that includes both owned and leased assets. Recently, the government has been favoring ownership over leasing as a way to save money, a strategy which in many cases is appropriate, write Kevin Wayer and Barry Scribner, co-presidents of JLL Public Institutions Group, in Government Executive. But the most efficient approach, they say, is for real estate officials at agencies to evaluate each acquisition decision based on its individual circumstances …

Energy Firm to Build Solar Array at Robins AFB under EUL

  • July 23, 2014
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Chicago-based New Generation Power will develop a 10-megawatt solar array at Robins Air Force Base after reaching agreement with the Air Force on an enhanced use lease at the Middle Georgia installation. The firm will sell energy generated by the photovoltaic facility to Georgia Power through a power purchase agreement the two previously signed. The lease payments Robins receives during the project’s 20-year term will be reinvested in renewable facility energy or energy conservation measures. The power generated still will count toward the installation’s alternative energy mandates because it is produced on base, according to James Willingham, deputy director of the 78th Civil Engineer Group at Robins. “It will be enough to sustain several follow-on energy conservation projects,” Willingham told the Telegraph. Willingham said he expects construction at the 50-acre site will begin by September, with the solar plant going online by January.

Scott AFB’s Water Provider Earns National Recognition

  • July 20, 2014
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American Water, which has been upgrading the water supply infrastructure at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., for the past five years in an effort to improve its quality and reliability, recently received the Director’s Award from the Partnership for Safe Water. In 2007, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) awarded American Water a 50-year utilities privatization contract, creating a $6.3 million cost avoidance for the Air Force. Since then the firm has replaced more than 95,000 feet of mains and distribution lines and developed an accurate water system map of the base …

Navy Scales Back Scope of S. Maryland EUL Project

  • July 16, 2014
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The Navy has scaled down the scope of a proposed enhanced use leasing (EUL) project in southern Maryland and now is seeking a developer for only a 12-acre portion of the Navy Recreation Center in Solomons, Md., located across the Patuxent River from Naval Air Station Patuxent River. In 2010 the Navy sought developers for the entire 264-acre site, reported Southern Maryland News. “We took it back to the smaller scope to provide the best fit for the Navy and the community,” said Capt. Ben Shevchuck, the installation’s commanding officer …

Military Housing Developers Increasingly Looking outside the Gates for Tenants

  • July 16, 2014
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The six-member Dolce family is one of just three civilian families with no connection to the military living in family housing at Dover Air Force Base, Del., but they represent a more significant trend under way at housing communities across DOD — an increase in the number of projects opening their neighborhoods to civilians due to the lack of demand from active-duty service members. The Eagle Heights community at Dover is one of six housing communities operated by Hunt Cos., out of a total of 25, that now accept civilians. And the number is growing, the developer’s Dixie Johnson told the News Journal. “In the early years, because of the increase in troops and the war that we are fighting, there were way more active-duty [personnel] available for housing …

Infinity Takes over UAS Park Project at Grand Forks AFB

  • July 13, 2014
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New Braunfels, Texas-based Infinity Development Partners has stepped in to become the developer of the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology park at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., after the existing developer backed out. Infinity has been involved in the enhanced use lease project since its inception through its work supporting Grand Forks County, which will be leasing a 217-acre site from the Air Force. The Grand Forks County Commission approved the change in developers last week …

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