[Skip to Content]
  • CLICK HERE FOR AN IMPORTANT NOTICE AFFECTING OEA GRANT PAYMENTS AND AWARDS FROM APRIL 20 THROUGH MAY 4, 2015

The Times-Picayune - October 8, 2013, By Paul Purpura

New Orleans now owns the former Naval Support Activity site at the foot of Poland Avenue in the Bywater neighborhood, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's press office confirmed Tuesday. The city and the Department of the Navy completed the transfer on Friday (Oct. 4), said Tyler Gamble, Landrieu's press secretary.

"The city is working on an agreement with the developer to take over upkeep of the facility while the developer agreement is being finalized," Gamble said in an e-mail message.

The Navy closed the Naval Support Activity two years ago and posted a small "caretaker" staff at the 25-acre Bywater site, 4400 Dauphine St. The Navy, which like other armed forces branches is wrangling with tight budgets, had planned to pull out the staff by Sept. 30.

The city hopes to redevelop the site as a "resilience center," or a hub for disaster and emergency response agencies. The site overlooks the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, or Industrial Canal, and includes three large buildings that combined have about 1.5 million square feet of floor space as well as a five-story parking garage.

City officials have said the Navy would turn the property over at no cost, in what the military calls an "economic development conveyance." Last year, the city selected EMDRC Partners LLC, a joint venture whose members include former New Orleans homeland security chief Col. Terry Ebbert, to redevelop the site.

The city is still finalizing its public-private partnership agreement with EMDRC Partners, which would be the master developer for the site. The negotiations would include reaching a lease agreement for the redevelopment, said Bill Ryan, a member of EMDRC Partners. He said Tuesday he would not comment until the agreement with the city is finalized.

The city conducted a reuse plan for the site about five years ago, that included some housing. Other proposed uses included facilities to support a cruise ship terminal the Port of New Orleans plans for the Poland Avenue Wharf. For now, however, two Maritime Administration military cargo ships, the Cape Kennedy and the Cape Knox, remained berthed at Poland Avenue.

The Army originally built the Bywater installation as a quartermaster depot during World War I. It was completed in 1919. Many New Orleanians know it as the Port of Embarkation. The Navy acquired it from the Army in 1966 and, with the Algiers station, it became the Naval Support Activity, an administrative base whose tenants included the national headquarters for the Navy Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve.

It also was called the F. Edward Hebert Defense Complex, named after the longtime New Orleans congressman who served a stint as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

The Navy decided to close the Naval Support Activity in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Round, or BRAC. As a result, the Navy moved its reserve headquarters to Virginia and its personnel functions to Tennessee. Other operations at the Bywater site were moved to the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, which saw a construction boom as the Navy shut down its New Orleans base.

The Marine Forces Reserve headquarters was moved to Algiers, to become the anchor for the Federal City campus. In May, the Navy gave 118 acres and 51 structures that were part of the Naval Support Activity in Algiers to the Algiers Development District board of commissioners, which is helping oversee the Federal City.

To view this article at the source publication, go to http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/10/new_orleans_acquires_former_na.html.

The information above is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.

 

In the News

  • With or without BRAC, DoD’s footprint is shrinking

    April 8, 2015 – Federal News Radio, By Jared Serbu In each of the past four years, the Pentagon has proposed a new round of base closures and Congress has rejected every one so far. But with or without lawmakers’ approval, the military’s footprint is shrinking. The Defense Department has hinted...

    Read More...

  • Not Your Grandfather’s Factories

    Governing (Voices of the Governing Institute), By Anne Kim – April 8, 2015 It’s not easy for manufacturing to attract the younger, skilled workers that it needs. We need to focus on both the educational pipeline and public perceptions. For much of the past 30 years, the American public’s view of...

    Read More...

  • Improving Public Services: The Secrets of Award-Winning Cities

    April 6, 2015 – Governing, By John M. Kamensky Local governments, their citizens and community interest groups all want better service delivery, and more than ever are looking to technology to make that happen. But technology alone won’t work. What cities that have been recognized for innovations...

    Read More...

  • Looming Army cuts fill Texas leaders with dread

    April 4, 2015 – San Antonio Express-News, By Sig Christenson Automatic federal spending cuts over the last three years have hurt several Texas cities with large military installations — part of the budget sequester that will reduce the size of the Army by 80,000...

    Read More...

  • IMCOM leaders set sights on 2025

    April 2, 2015 – Hawai’i Army Weekly (Army News Service) SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Army Installation Management Command top leaders held a conference, here, for garrison commanders and command sergeants major to set a collective course for IMCOM 2025 and Beyond.

    Read More...

  • Budgets Signal Sequester Cuts Here to Stay

    March 30, 2015 – Defense News, By John T. Bennett WASHINGTON — What to do about sequestration is one issue House and Senate negotiators can skip as they craft a compromise 2016 federal budget blueprint. That’s because spending resolutions approved last week by the House and Senate both leave the...

    Read More...