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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

Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

NAS JRB Willow Grove Passenger Operations Terminal

Background on Installation

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 closed Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NASJRB) Willow Grove. The off-site housing located in Warminster Township and Ivyland Borough (Bucks County), consisting of 53.5 acres, was declared surplus by the Navy in January 2009. However, the main base located in Horsham Township in Montgomery County, and consisting of 892 acres, was not declared surplus until Sept 2010 due to the State of Pennsylvania’s interest in the property. To prepare for this closure, the Horsham Authority for Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NASJRB) Willow Grove (HLRA) created the Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) consisting of a nine-member Executive Board.

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Naval Air Station Pascagoula, Mississippi

Aerial View of Singing River Island, NS Pascagoula

Background on Installation

The Naval Air Station (NAS) Pascagoula consists of three parcels. The main Naval Base on Singing River Island (528 acres) reverted to the State of Mississippi. The separate Sandhill Family Housing Site (75 acres) was transferred to the Air Force to support Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi. Lakeside Manor (33 acres), which housed the Navy pre-commissioning crews for the Northrop Grumman shipyard, was successfully removed from BRAC in June 2011 (the Navy will retain it to continue berthing of new ship pre-commissioning crews .)

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Naval Station Ingleside Electromagnetic Reduction Facility, Texas

Naval Station Ingleside Seal

Background on Installation

Naval Station Ingleside (NSI) was selected for closure under the 2005 round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). The closure involves the reversion of two sites, the main Naval Station site of 576.62 acres (located in the city limits of Ingleside) and a separate dredge spoil area of 336.36 acres (located in San Patricio County) totaling 912.98 acres. All reversionary property was deeded to the Port of Corpus Christi Authority. The closure also includes a 155 acre (105.47 acres submerged) Electro-Magnetic Reduction (EMR) Facility located three miles northwest of the main base, which is not part of the reversion. The EMR Facility is the only property declared surplus . In response to the BRAC actions, the community formed the multi-jurisdictional Ingleside Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) to plan for the reuse of the EMR Facility and to undertake a regional economic diversification strategy in order to help mitigate military and civilian job losses in the region, which are estimated at 6,605. Reuse planning of the main base was conducted solely by the Port of Corpus Christi Authority.

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Naval Support Activity New Orleans, Louisiana

Gate at NAS New Orleans

Background on Installation

Naval Support Activity (NSA) New Orleans, located on the east and west banks of the Mississippi River, was deemed surplus property to the Federal government in 2005. The property enjoys a strategic maritime location at the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Industrial Canal. The West Bank consists of 200 acres known as “Federal City” and is being developed by a private developer under a 75-year lease with the Navy. The East Bank consists of approximately 25.33 acres near river mile 93 and is anticipated to be transferred to the city of New Orleans under an Economic Development Conveyance in 2012.

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Naval Weapons Station Concord, California

Gate at Naval Weapons Station Concord

Background on Installation

The Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Concord Detachment consists of approximately 5,170 acres and is located within the City of Concord, California. The city’s (population 129,350) size is approximately 19,923 acres. It is noteworthy that the closing Navy base is approximately 25.9 percent of the city’s jurisdiction. Concord is located about 35 miles from downtown San Francisco, and is served by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) mass transit station. The job loss from this Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 decisions was modest—with 71 civilian personnel jobs lost.

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Navy Supply Corps School, Georgia

Winnie Davis Hall at NSCS Georgia

Background on Installation

Prior to closure resulting from Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC 2005) decisions, the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) provided professional development through logistics, administrative, and media training for Department of Defense (DoD) and international personnel. As a result of the 2005 BRAC round, the operations of NSCS were transferred to Newport, Rhode Island. The former installation had an average on-base student population of 250, 303 staff personnel (115 military and 188 civilian and contract personnel), and an annual payroll of $8.7 million.

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