• County to Take over Former Maryland Army Post

    County to Take over Former Maryland Army Post0

    The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to assume control of the former Fort Ritchie in central Maryland with plans to turn the property into a mixed-use development with academic, commercial, residential and recreational uses. The planned Cascade Town Centre at Fort Ritchie would create up to 1,000 jobs and expand the region’s population by about 3,000 residents, County Administrator Gregory Murray told the Herald-Mail. “With that type of mixed use, we feel that we’ll get parcels back on the tax rolls quickly …

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  • Winning Bidder to Preserve White Deer at Closed Army Depot

    Winning Bidder to Preserve White Deer at Closed Army Depot0

    The winning bidder for the former Seneca Army Depot in New York’s Finger Lakes District will use the 7,000-acre site to expand his manufacturing operations while also preserving the herd of white deer that roam the site, the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency announced last month. “The idea is to create tourism and wildlife conservation in the northern part of the depot and develop businesses in the southern portion,” said IDA Executive Director Bob Aronson. Earl Martin’s winning $900,000 bid includes plans to move his ironworks business which manufactures farm equipment from Fayette, Seneca County, to a new facility on the south end of the depot property, creating 200 jobs over the next 10 years …

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  • D.C. on Verge of Taking Possession of Walter Reed Property

    D.C. on Verge of Taking Possession of Walter Reed Property0

    The District of Columbia is slated to take ownership of 66 acres of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center by the end of the month, marking a critical milestone in the effort to redevelop the property into a mix of residential, office and retail space over the coming decades.
    A 10-day review of the transfer agreement by the D.C. Council ends July 10. If no action is taken to stop the purchase, it will be considered approved without a vote …

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  • Contaminated Groundwater to Postpone Property Transfer by Two Years at Willow Grove

    Contaminated Groundwater to Postpone Property Transfer by Two Years at Willow Grove0

    Transfer of the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove to the Horsham LRA will be pushed back to 2018 due to the presence of perfluorinated compounds in the groundwater on and around the property located north of Philadelphia. Discovery of the contamination in 2014, suspected to have come from firefighting foam used at the base as well as at the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster, already had delayed talks with the Navy over conveying 600 of the property’s 862 acres. But the new lifetime exposure health advisories the Environmental Protection Agency issued in May for perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate will postpone the handover for two years, said Michael McGee, executive director of the LRA …

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  • Ft. Monmouth LRA to Pay $33M for Parcels on Main Post

    Ft. Monmouth LRA to Pay $33M for Parcels on Main Post0

    The Army will sell the remaining parcels on the main post at the former Fort Monmouth on the northern New Jersey coast to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority for $33 million, under a draft agreement. While no date has been set for the two parties to complete the deal, LRA officials believe the property transfer should be completed by early fall, reported the Asbury Park Press. “There’s no doubt in my mind now we’re going to get there. It’s either going to be August, September or October,” said Bruce Steadman, the LRA’s executive director …

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  • Oregon Officials Eager to Complete Transfer of Former Chemical Depot

    Oregon Officials Eager to Complete Transfer of Former Chemical Depot0

    The LRA for the former Umatilla Chemical Depot in northern Oregon has been fielding calls from companies interested in developing portions of the 20,000-acre facility but the Army isn’t planning to convey the property until next year, complicating the Columbia Development Authority’s reuse efforts. Alternative energy companies, major agricultural producers, tech companies and a Fortune 500 corporation have all expressed an interest in pieces of the depot, reported the East Oregonian. “What’s going to end up happening, if we don’t get this going, is enthusiasm is going to wane,” said Greg Smith, the authority’s executive director …

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