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Bill in California Senate Would Help County Redevelop Castle AFB

  • May 14, 2013
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Merced County would have an easier time selling parcels at the former Castle Air Force Base, under legislation making its way to the floor of the California Senate. The elimination of redevelopment agencies in California in 2011 has prevented the county from directly selling parcels at the site, located about 100 miles east of San Jose, to interested companies. Without that authority, the county now is forced to hold a public auction, a process which can discourage firms from moving to the site …

GSA Sells Twin Cities Ammo Plant Parcel to County

  • May 12, 2013
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The General Services Administration sold and transferred a 427-acre portion of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant to Ramsey County, Minn., last week for $28 million. The deal transfers ownership of 397 acres to the county immediately, while the remaining 30 acres will be transferred after it conducts environmental remediation, which is expected to take approximately three years. Remediation and building demolition at the site currently is under way through a contract executed by the county …

Devens Bounces Back from Past Setbacks

  • May 9, 2013
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The beat goes on at Devens, with three major projects underway at the former Fort Devens, located 35 miles west of downtown Boston, following two major setbacks since 2011. Evergreen Solar’s decision to shut down its facility for manufacturing solar panels two years ago was partially offset after French conglomerate Saint-Gobain leased more than half of the plant last July, reported the Boston Business Journal. Also last year, two of the reuse project’s three host towns scuttled plans to convert Vicksburg Square, a former Army housing complex, into affordable housing for seniors and veterans …

Vieques Has Not Experienced Rebirth 10 Years after Bombing Range Closed

  • May 6, 2013
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Ten years after the Navy departed Vieques, the small Puerto Rican island still has not realized its hope of improving its economic fortunes. One key challenge, clearing the island’s bombing range of munitions, is expected to require at least 12 more years with a total expected cost of $350 million, reports Stars and Stripes. “The Navy considers Vieques to be its highest priority in the munitions cleanup program,” said the Navy’s Dan Waddill. “Vieques gets by far the most effort and the highest amount of funding …

City Taps Five Big Name Firms to Vie for Walter Reed Reuse

  • April 30, 2013
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The District of Columbia has selected five prominent development teams to compete to become the master developer for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Upper Northwest Washington. Officials had received responses to its request for qualifications from a total of nine firms, the city announced in March. The short-listed candidates will be asked to respond to a request for proposals issued later this month …

Developer to Purchase Former Navy Hotel, Housing at Brunswick NAS

  • April 28, 2013
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A local developer plans to lease the hotel and bachelor housing at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, to the Navy to house sailors assigned to nearby Bath Iron Works. George Schott has agreed to purchase the 248-room hotel and 190 bachelor apartments for $6 million, Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, told the Bangor Daily News. Scott previously purchased about 700 units of former housing at the air station, now renamed Brunswick Landing. The LRA initially hoped the former Navy hotel could continue to be operated as a hotel, but a feasibility study concluded the community could not support it. “The fact that [Schott] is going to use [the housing] for what it was initially designed for — to support sailors — is fine with us,” Levesque said.

Army, State, LRA Seek Solution to Address Contamination at Ft. Gillem

  • April 18, 2013
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A plan to convert the former Fort Gillem, Ga., into a logistics hub serving Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the Port of Savannah could be jeopardized unless state officials’ concerns about contamination from the post that has seeped into neighboring Forest Park are mollified. Earlier this year, the state asked the Environmental Protection Agency to consider making the installation a Superfund site, an action that would severely hamper the community’s reuse plan from going forward …

Questions Remain following Army’s Decision to Transfer Ft. Monroe Property

  • April 15, 2013
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Plenty of questions remain for the Fort Monroe Authority after the Army last month unexpectedly said it was ready to transfer 313 acres of the historic post located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay to the LRA. For one, what will happen if the governor’s office does not accept the parcel from the Army? The attorney general’s office is reviewing the Army’s quitclaim deed …

Ft. Monmouth LRA Outlines Homeless Accommodations

  • April 9, 2013
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Housing projects to assist the homeless at the former Fort Monmouth, N.J., are expected to cost more than $10 million, according to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority. The four projects include the reuse of two existing buildings and 40 single-family housing units, and the construction of a new emergency shelter. The projects include: 180 Turning Lives Around, a non-profit that provides housing, counseling and court assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse …

Turbulence Frequently Unavoidable in Base Redevelopment

  • April 4, 2013
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Two decades after it closed, the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C., is a thriving mixed-use redevelopment, featuring a town center, a variety of housing types, a technology and aerospace business park, and a commercial and general aviation airport. Other air bases closed around the same time have had varying degrees of success, however, reports the Sun News in a multi-part series marking the 20-year anniversary of the base’s closure. The former Pease AFB, near Portsmouth, N.H., has experienced similar growth to the reuse project at Myrtle Beach AFB …

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