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Project Highlights

OEA continues to assist communities, both large and small, with adapting to Defense program changes. Communities benefit from decades of OEA knowledge and community best practices, allowing them to leverage state and federal resources to proactively and positively change their individual community.

Each project highlight story below showcases a challenge the community is facing and how this community, with OEA support, is working to solve it.

BRAC Project Highlights

Arlington, Virginia, Leased Space

Arlington County, Virginia Seal

Background on Installation

In response to the Department of Defense vacating leased space in Arlington County, Virginia, the Arlington County Economic Development Commission recommended to the Arlington County Board the formation of a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Transition Task Force. In January 2006, the Arlington County Board appointed and directed the Task Force to develop strategic recommendations to address the anticipated impacts and opportunities from the BRAC action. The Task Force included workforce, education, business, defense, economic development, and commercial development experts from the community with support from workforce and economic development county staff.

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Army Reserve Personnel Center, Missouri

Office of Economic Adjustment Seal

Background on installation

The St. Louis County Economic Council (SLCEC) is the economic development agency for St. Louis County and serves as the adjustment organization for County installations. SLCEC was selected to organize and lead an initial regional planning effort to develop the St. Louis area Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) response to four discrete BRAC actions within the region. Supported by a Department of Labor (DOL) grant, this early effort brought together representatives from the installations, public service agencies, workforce and economic development specialists, and the affected communities to form the St. Louis Regional BRAC Task Force.

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Buckley Annex, Colorado

Buckley Annex

Background on Installation

Located in Denver, Buckley Air Force Base Annex (Buckley Annex) closed in September 2011 due to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision (closing the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Denver and realigning the Air Reserve Personnel Command (ARPC). The Air Force had retained the Buckley Annex property to support the ongoing mission of DFAS and ARPC after the 1994 closure of Lowry Air Force Base as part of the 1991 BRAC round. Four structures occupy the 72-acre installation, most notably the three-story, 600,000 square foot Building 444, used primarily as office space for DFAS, ARPC, and military contractors. The only access route to the site comes from Quebec Street at Lowry Boulevard on the east. Landscaped berms with mature trees buffer the adjacent community on the west and north, and a security fence surrounds the site. According to the 2008 Redevelopment Plan, the Buckley Annex closure resulted in approximately 1,270 jobs lost to the Denver metropolitan area.

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Charles E. Kelly Support Facility, Pennsylvania

Office of Economic Adjustment Seal

Background on Installation

The Charles E. Kelly Support Facilities total 145 acres on three separate sites located in two different townships: Collier and Neville Townships. This facility hosts various support entities including the commissary/exchange serving the Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania region. The Department of Defense recommended the closure of the facility under 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions.

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Fort Gillem, Georgia

Main Gate at Fort Gillem

Background on Installation

Fort Gillem is a 1,427-acre supply depot established in 1941. It consists of 94 buildings, 11 of which are suitable for adaptive reuse by the Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA). The Department of Defense recommended the closure of Fort Gillem under 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions. The Army will retain a 277-acre enclave in the southwestern portion of the base. The City of Forrest Park established the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Implementation Local Redevelopment Authority to complete the redevelopment plan and follow-on implementation activities.

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Fort Lawton Army Reserve Complex, Washington

Office of Economic Adjustment Seal

Background on Installation

The Fort Lawton Army Reserve Complex includes three contiguous United States Army Reserve Centers (USARC), including Second Lieutenant Robert R. Leisy USARC, Captain James R. Harvey USARC, and Fort Lawton USARC (FLARC). Located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, the Reserve complex abuts the nearby 550-acre Discovery Park to the west and south, and a primarily residential neighborhood of single-family homes to the north and east. The Reserve Complex property consists of approximately 45 acres, including 11 buildings and a military cemetery. The Federal government plans to retain approximately 16 acres of the site that contains the existing FLARC building, supporting parking, and the military cemetery. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) plans to use the FLARC building for clinical and administrative uses.

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