The LRA for the Pueblo Chemical Depot can formally begin the process of converting the facility into an industrial park under the BRAC statute, after the Army last week declared about two-thirds of the installation surplus.
The Dec. 20 Federal Register notice means that other federal agencies, including other DOD components, had no interest in acquiring portions of about 16,000 acres on the 23,000-acre site, reported the Pueblo Chieftain. The next step for PuebloPlex, the new name for the redevelopment authority, is to determine if other state or local agencies, including representatives of the homeless, are interested in acquiring parts of the depot property.
“This is huge,” Russ DeSalvo, executive director of PuebloPlex, told the paper. “It’s now our job to come up with scenarios that help us fulfill our mission to create more jobs and increase the tax base for Pueblo,” he said.
The depot was originally realigned following the 1988 base closure round, but has continued to be operated by the Army as the disposal of chemical weapons stored there has taken longer than expected.