The Air Force last month transferred 183 acres at the former McClellan Air Force Base outside of Sacramento, Calif., the last of four conveyances conducted via early transfer.
Sacramento County will in turn transfer the property to McClellan Business Park, the former installation’s master developer. The developer has been cleaning up contaminated sites at the 3,450-acre installation under the early transfer process since 2007. Under the program, the Air Force transfers property and the responsibility to clean it up to the developer, along with funding to complete the remediation. The Environmental Protection Agency maintains regulatory oversight of the cleanup in consultation with state regulators.
“When we first started, there was no model for this. We figured it out along the way. In the end, it was worth it because the Air Force achieves its goal of property transfer, the community obtains full title to the property more quickly, and public health and the environment are protected,” said Philip Mook Jr., Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s (AFCEC) chief of the western execution branch at McClellan.
Since it was shuttered in 2001, about 60 percent of the installation has been transferred, according to AFCEC Public Affairs. The deeds for the latest transfers include 33 lots, with 84 facilities, predominately used for aviation and industrial purposes.
McClellan Business Park is home to 200 tenants and a workforce estimated at 15,000, according to the story.