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Posts Tagged ‘defense real estate’

VA Contemplates Holding Exercise to Trim Unneeded Facilities

  • February 18, 2015
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During a Capitol Hill hearing on its fiscal 2016 budget request, the Veterans Affairs Department last week broached the possibility of conducting a BRAC-like exercise that would allow it to shed hundreds of aging hospitals and clinics it no longer needs. “VA cannot be a sound steward of the taxpayers’ resources with the asset portfolio that we’re currently carrying,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald told the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “No business would carry such a portfolio. Veterans deserve much better. It’s time to close the VA’s old substandard and underutilized infrastructure …

Army Housing Partners Intent on Minimizing Impact of Benefits Cut

  • February 16, 2015
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Family housing developers at Army installations are trying to absorb the one percent reduction in basic allowance for housing imposed starting this fiscal year so that military families won’t need to make up the difference out-of-pocket. Slowing the growth in the BAH so it covers only 99 percent of rental costs was one of the few cost-saving reforms Congress included in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. To absorb the extra cost, developers are looking for ways to operate more efficiently, said Ivan Bolden, chief of the privatization and partnerships division of the Army’s office of the assistant chief of staff for installation management …

Housing Partner to Expand Eligibility at Camp Lejeune

  • January 28, 2015
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Atlantic Marine Corps Communities is opening up family housing at Camp Lejeune, N.C., to military retirees, surviving spouses of active-duty and retired service members, and DOD employees and contractors. The move is intended to lower the housing project’s vacancy rate. Many installations across DOD have similarly opened their doors to residents who are not active-duty military personnel. “Lejeune is one of the last few installations that hasn’t opened to these categories until now,” Alanna King, marketing manager for Atlantic Marine, told the Jacksonville Daily News …

Two More Posts Open Family Housing to Military Retirees, Civilians

  • January 12, 2015
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Two Army installations recently have opened their family housing to military retirees and DOD civilians in an effort to raise occupancy rates. Last month, Corvias Military Living started allowing military retirees, DOD civilians and the families of slain soldiers to apply to live on Fort Bragg, N.C. Last week, housing officials there said they would accept DOD civilians who are single and service members at the rank of sergeant in an on-base apartment complex, reported the Fayetteville Observer. Those apartments previously were available only to service members with a rank of E-6 or higher …

Stakeholders Meet to Streamline Air Force’s Utilities Privatization Process

  • January 6, 2015
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Stakeholders from across the Air Force and DOD met at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) to streamline the process for turning over utility systems to the private sector. Officials from headquarters Air Force, AFCEC’s Installations and Energy directorates, and the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, along with Air Force legal counsel, major command utilities privatization representatives and installation contracting officer representatives, focused on eliminating redundancies from the existing process for privatizing water, wastewater, electric and natural gas utilities …

Commissaries Earn Reprieve in Omnibus

  • December 10, 2014
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The massive omnibus spending bill unveiled Tuesday would restore most of the $100 million cut in the federal subsidy for military grocery stores included in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, a move that should ensure commissary operations remain at current levels. The FY 2015 omnibus, which would fund almost all government agencies through next September, would restore $90 million of the proposed reduction, reports Stars and Stripes. As a result, service members, their family members and veterans should not see a reduction in the discounts offered at the stores …

Authorization Bill Calls for Moderate Cut to Commissary Subsidy

  • December 9, 2014
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The compromise version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill supports trimming the federal subsidy for military grocery stores by $100 million for one year, significantly scaling back the Pentagon’s cost-cutting proposal. The Defense Department asked for a $200 million cut in the annual direct subsidy for commissaries in FY 2015 as part of a plan to reduce the government’s annual subsidy for commissaries from $1.4 billion to $400 million over three years. Fully imposing the proposal would slash the average savings on groceries from 30 percent to 10 percent …

Housing Developer at Ft. Knox Files Suit over Troubled Project

  • December 8, 2014
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The Army’s housing partner at Fort Knox, Ky., has filed a lawsuit against the project’s insurer after the company refused to approve changes to the development plan. The suit, which was moved to U.S. District Court in Louisville last month, follows the Army’s deactivation this year of the post’s single brigade combat team. Almost 50 percent of the housing project’s residents were assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Knox Hills LLC, a partnership between Lend Lease (US) Public Partnerships and the Army, had requested Ambac Assurance Corp. settle the dispute through mediation, but the firm refused …

Ft. Bragg Opens Housing to Retirees, DOD Civilians

  • November 19, 2014
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In a move intended to boost an occupancy rate falling due to troop cuts and housing construction in surrounding neighborhoods, Corvias Military Living will allow military retirees, DOD civilians and the families of fallen soldiers to live in family housing at Fort Bragg, located outside of Fayetteville, N.C. Fort Bragg officials announced the decision Monday and said the installation has room for between 300 and 350 families that previously were not eligible, reported the Fayetteville Observer. “The ability to live on post at Fort Bragg is a true privilege for members of the military community,” said Col. Jeffrey Sanborn, Fort Bragg’s garrison commander …

SolarCity to Install Solar Panels on Navy, Marine Corps Family Housing in San Diego

  • November 13, 2014
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The Navy’s family housing partner in San Diego reached a deal with SolarCity to purchase energy generated from rooftop solar photovoltaic systems installed on nearly 6,000 homes across 27 neighborhoods, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Thursday. The power purchase agreement between SolarCity and Lincoln Military Housing represents one of the solar provider’s largest residential efforts under its SolarStrong initiative to provide energy to military housing communities across the country. The San Diego rooftop installations would add 20 megawatts or more of renewable energy capacity to the Navy’s portfolio …

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