The LRA for the Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colo., is making plans for a brighter future when it assumes control of about two-thirds of the facility over the next several years and the Army completes its chemical weapons disposal mission.
“This is just the first step in starting, or really restarting the BRAC process,” Russ DeSalvo, the LRA’s executive director, told the Pueblo Chieftain. “The Department of Defense is working with us, and it will be a two- or three-year process to vet the property,” he said.
One forward-looking change already has been carried out as the redevelopment authority has rebranded itself as PuebloPlex, a move intended to make the reuse project more attractive to large employers.
The authority expects to gain control of an additional 3 million to 4 million square feet of building space. A number of hurdles still need to be overcome, including the ongoing cleanup and concern over fenced-off areas, and addressing utilities still maintained by the Army.
“We have to come up with a viable business plan about how all of those things will be maintained in the future,” DeSalvo said.