Local officials in Southern Maryland were forced to raise the possibility of a new round of base closures to persuade a gathering of banking and development leaders to support a Navy plan to develop office space at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., through the enhanced use leasing (EUL) program.
If the Navy doesn’t have adequate space to expand at Pax River, the installation could lose a mission in another BRAC round or sooner, officials argued. A Maryland delegate attended the meeting on behalf of Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) to try to gain community support for the EUL project.
The primary concern of local developers is that an on-base project would lure existing and prospective tenants from space outside of the base’s gates, reports Southern Maryland News. Some also believed the Navy’s proposal would favor large developers from outside the region over local firms.