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Island Palm Communities, the Army housing privatization project covering seven facilities in Hawaii including Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield, has exceeded 7,000 occupied homes, the largest of any Army residential community. As of February, project developer Lend Lease Public Partnerships had completed 3,290 new units and 1,141 renovations, bringing the total number of homes to 7,003 …READ MORE
Sunflower Redevelopment LLC will suspend operations at the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant by this summer due to the mounting cost of environmental cleanup, the latest setback in a 14-year saga filled with difficulties. Last week, the project’s citizens advisory board learned that the Army would not commit to spending an additional $100 million on cleanup, after previously spending $109 million to remove arsenic, lead, mercury and other contaminants …READ MORE
Party leaders Wednesday were increasingly optimistic about their chances to reach an agreement on a full-year fiscal 2011 spending bill. The news comes as many lawmakers expressed frustration over the repeated use of continuing resolutions to fund the federal government. On Thursday, the Senate is expected to pass the stopgap spending bill the House approved earlier this week to keep the federal government running through April 8 …READ MORE
Northern Virginia is slated to receive $20 million in funding from the Pentagon to pay for road improvements needed to accommodate increased traffic resulting from the opening of the Army’s Mark Center site in Alexandria, Va., Rep. Jim Moran (D) told the city council last week. The money would fund short and medium-term fixes to prevent congestion from worsening …READ MORE
The shorter commutes, lower cost of living and Southern hospitality won’t take long to get used to for many of the 4,700 soldiers and Army civilians moving to the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., as a result of BRAC 2005. Along with the DOD personnel moving to the Tennessee Valley, 5,000 defense and aerospace industry jobs are opening up in the region, as well as an estimated 9,000 indirect jobs …READ MORE
The stopgap spending bill approved Tuesday by the House is expected to be passed later this week by the Senate, keeping the federal government running for three more weeks after the current continuing resolution expires March 18. If this stopgap is cleared by Congress, party leaders will turn their focus to reaching agreement on a full-year fiscal 2011 spending bill before another short-term measure is needed …READ MORE
Following unsuccessful attempts to sell the 78-acre Stratford Army Engine Plant through an auction in 2008 and earlier this year, the General Services Administration now will try to sell the Connecticut property through a sealed bidding process. Bids are scheduled to be opened June 30 …READ MORE
As a number of House appropriators, including Democrats and Republicans, clamor for the chamber’s leaders to reconsider the ban on earmarks, senior House Republicans insist the matter has been settled. A common refrain among appropriators is that the House should clarify the definition of an earmark, reports Roll Call. One problem likely to surface during the appropriations process is project-based spending bills, including the ones that allocate spending for civil works and transportation projects …READ MORE