• Wright-Patterson AFB Weighs Options for Future of Historic Homes0

    Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base outside of Dayton, Ohio, held two public forums this week to gather input on the future of 89 historic brick homes that are among the Air Force’s last remaining government-owned housing. The homes in the Brick Quarters Housing District were built from 1934-1937 and are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Wright-Patt needs 30 homes for “key and essential” personnel — senior military and civilian leaders required to live on base. The installation’s portfolio of privatized housing does not meet the needs of key and essential personnel as those residences are not large enough or are located too far away from work locations …

  • Tech Firm Moves into High-Profile Space at Ft. Monmouth

    Tech Firm Moves into High-Profile Space at Ft. Monmouth0

    Russel Hall, one of the more recognizable landmarks on Fort Monmouth and part of the Fort Monmouth National Register Historic District, is now occupied by TetherView, a fast-growing technology company. The company moved into the building three weeks ago to begin about $500,000 in renovations on the 80-year-old structure. A deal for TetherView to purchase Russel Hall for $1.3 million should be completed shortly, reports the Asbury Park Press. For the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), the firm is a perfect fit as the reuse plan for the post on the northern New Jersey coast emphasizes its past use as a hub for technology development …

  • Officials Relaunch Effort to Add Mare Island to National Park System0

    The city of Vallejo, Calif., and the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation have rekindled their bid to add the 161-year-old Mare Island Naval Shipyard to the national park system. Incorporation into the National Park Service would prevent the shipyard’s historic structures from falling into disrepair and keep shipyard artifacts from being scattered across the country, according to the foundation. The effort to integrate the historic sections of the shipyard, located in the northeastern portion of the San Francisco Bay area, into the park system began after the site was designated for closure in 1993 …

  • NASA, Google Reach Deal to Restore Hangars at Moffett Field0

    The federal government on Monday struck an agreement with a Google subsidiary to restore historic Hangar One at Moffett Field in northern California as well as operate the airfield’s two runways. Hangar One has been stripped down to its skeletal framework after its skin was found to be leaching toxic chemicals. Under this week’s deal, Planetary Ventures will spend more than $200 million to refurbish and protect Hangar One — which was built after World War I to house Navy dirigibles — as well as rehabilitate Hangars Two and Three. The agreement calls for Planetary Ventures to pay NASA $1.6 billion to rent about 1,000 acres at the airfield located on South San Francisco Bay over the next 60 years …

  • Ft. Chaffee LRA Hopes to Expand Historic District0

    The LRA for the former Fort Chaffee in western Arkansas is planning to double the size of its 20-acre historic district as part of a long-term marketing effort. The district, built in the 1940s, represents “the heart’ of Chaffee Crossing, according to Joseph Chasteen, director of museums and the historic district for the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority. “It shows the importance and impact Fort Chaffee had in Fort Smith,” Chasteen told the Times Record. The district’s most famous building is the barbershop where Elvis Presley received his first military haircut. The LRA restored the shop to its condition in 1958, and now is waiting on a grant to renovate the barracks were Presley stayed. Long-term plans call for turning the historic area into a walkable urban district and developing a “trail of tourism” from the post to downtown Fort Smith, Lorie Robertson, the authority’s director of marketing, told the paper.

  • Sizzle Isn’t Required to Repurpose Outdated Facilities, Author Argues0

    A Cambridge, Mass., author cites the conversion of a century-old military post overlooking San Francisco Bay into a high-end resort as evidence that obsolete facilities — whether a military base or an old mill — can find new lives in almost any locale, in a commentary in Government Executive. After Fort Baker — located on the Marin Headlands at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge — was abandoned by the military, it was turned over to the National Park Service. After obtaining a lease from the federal government, a development team and a resort operator converted the historic campus into Cavallo Point, a 142-room hotel with a spa, conference rooms, cooking school and Michelin-rated restaurant …