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Posts Tagged ‘local redevelopment authority’

Ft. McPherson Sale to Filmmaker to Close Shortly

  • June 17, 2015
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The LRA for the former Fort McPherson is expected to close on the sale of 330 acres, about two-thirds of the 475-acre post located on the southwest edge of Atlanta, to filmmaker Tyler Perry for $30 million by the end of the month, reported the Wall Street Journal. The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority plans to acquire the installation from the Army for $26 million. The property has been appraised for as much as $75 million. Perry, best known as the creator of the “Madea” film franchise, would purchase the property for $30 million to build up to 16 sound stages for a movie and television production complex. The redevelopment authority will retain more than 144 acres that it intends to remake into a mix of shops, offices, apartments and open space …

Google Considers Moving into Hunters Point

  • June 16, 2015
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Google is in the early stages of talks with Lennar Urban about leasing or acquiring space at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco. So far, the redevelopment’s plans for up to 10,500 residential units have received the lion’s share of attention about the project, but the Shipyard campus is slated to accommodate 800,000 square feet of office space by 2018 and an additional 2 million square feet by 2021, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The Shipyard’s timeline for delivering office space could be favorable for Google as its subsidiary YouTube is facing the end of its current lease in 2018 …

Town Rejects Devens Rezoning Plan

  • June 16, 2015
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Voters in the town of Harvard, Mass., last week turned down a proposal by MassDevelopment to rezone a portion of Devens to lure a biotech company to the site 35 miles west of downtown Boston. Zoning changes at the former Fort Devens require approval from Harvard and the installation’s other two host communities, Ayer and Shirley. Only Harvard voters rejected the state development agency’s proposal to rezone a residential area on the western side of Devens to allow industrial and commercial uses. Harvard residents were concerned about the potential for a factory to create noise problems after a nearby manufacturing facility built by Evergreen Solar prompted similar complaints …

Hunters Point Bears Fruit after Decades of Battle over Contamination

  • June 12, 2015
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As new homeowners move into the first 88 units of new housing at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard this spring and summer, officials from the Navy, the city of San Francisco and master developer Lennar Urban could be excused if they breathe a sigh of relief while looking back at the hurdles that were overcome to reach this point. “It really is the culmination of many, many years of thinking about what to do and many fights over what to do, so it’s huge that we have new residents in those units,” Olson Lee, director of the mayor’s office of Housing and Community Development, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Yes, it’s a former Superfund site. Yes, there were toxics on the site, but the city has followed all federal and state protocols that are part of the base conversion process to make sure all the new housing is safe …

Treasure Island Project Poised to Move ahead following Property Transfer

  • June 4, 2015
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Infrastructure development at Treasure Island could begin by 2016 with the first residential units going up the next year, following the Navy’s transfer last week of 290 acres at its former base in San Francisco Bay to the city of San Francisco. “This is a huge milestone … and a culmination of many years of work,” said Robert Beck, director of the Treasure Island Development Authority. The 290 acres encompass half of Treasure Island as well as adjoining Yerba Buena Island. The remaining 200 acres will be handed over in five subsequent transfers over the next seven years, Beck told the Examiner. The Navy will receive $55 million over the next 10 years for the land …

Opening of Interstate to Spur Activity at Chaffee Crossing

  • June 1, 2015
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The executive director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority is eagerly awaiting the opening of a 6.5-mile stretch of Interstate 49 through the base reuse project now called Chaffee Crossing. “That news is out there and people know it’s going to happen,” Ivy Owen told the Times Record. “The people who have been waiting and holding back to make offers are now coming out of the woodwork to make offers on smaller, specialized pieces of property like medical clinics and physician’s offices, that sort of thing,” he said. The highway opening, scheduled for July, should generate new property sales and trigger development at parcels already sold at the site located just over the Arkansas border from Oklahoma …

Weapons Station Neighbors await Master Developer Decision

  • May 31, 2015
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Concord residents played a significant role in crafting a reuse plan for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station and with the city close to selecting a master developer for the East Bay site in northern California, homeowners group are confident the most important elements of the plan will be realized over the coming decades. The plan allows for building up to 12,272 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space on about 2,300 acres, with about 70 percent of the weapons station preserved as parkland or open space. The plan also calls for a greenway buffer separating the new homes from existing neighborhoods, a key priority of homeowners groups. Clustering high-density housing near the North Concord/Martinez BART transit station will help ensure the project meets its open space goals …

Demolition of Massive Complex at Chanute AFB Set to Begin

  • May 27, 2015
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Twenty-two years after Chanute Air Force Base in east central Illinois was shuttered, work to ready the 400,000-square-foot White Hall office building for demolition is scheduled to begin within days. The massive building — DOD’s largest until the Pentagon was completed — was left to decay over the past two decades due to the prohibitive cost required to rehabilitate it. The contractor will employ a variety of safety measures to limit potential hazards to its workers and the surrounding community. Prior to demolition, Greenville, S.C.-based CB&I Federal Services will remove all asbestos and lead-based paint, as well as fixtures that can be taken to a landfill …

Concord Seeks Community Reuse Planning Director

  • May 14, 2015
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The city of Concord, Calif., is recruiting for a director of community reuse planning. This position is the head of the Local Reuse Authority’s reuse office, which is a department of the city. The day-to-day responsibilities for the director include guiding and managing the city’s base reuse project to fruition in a manner consistent with the city’s adopted plans. The director manages a number of contracts with outside consultants and oversees a team of city staff from various departments. This position is required to frequently attend meetings conducted during evening hours and/or on weekends and sometimes has irregular work hours in order to meet deadlines and achieve objectives. A bachelor’s degree is required along with a master’s degree and 10 years’ experience. Please see the city of Concord website for full job description and how to apply.

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 …

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