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

The Virginian-Pilot - October 23, 2013, By Jeff Sheler

The city will seek up to $2.5 million in state matching funds next year to expand the safety zone around Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field.

The money would be used to buy land and development rights around the 2,560-acre airfield on the city's eastern edge. Officials also plan to ask lawmakers to approve $10 million for preliminary engineering work on a proposed replacement of the High Rise Bridge.

Approved by the City Council on Tuesday, the proposals are part of a wide-ranging wish list for the General Assembly's upcoming session.

The city's legislative agenda also stakes out positions on issues as varied as education and transportation funding, uranium mining and payday loans.

The Fentress proposal would mark the first time Chesapeake has asked for state money for encroachment protection.

In recent years, it has spent $4.3 million to buy hundreds of acres near the facility. It has recouped about $1.8 million of that under a cost-sharing agreement with the Navy.

Virginia Beach, meanwhile, has received $7.5 million a year in matching funds from the state to buy land around Oceana Naval Air Station to address concerns raised by the Base Closure and Realignment Commission in 2005. Officials in that city say they're finding fewer voluntary sellers and, as a result, will ask for $2.5 million less next year. Chesapeake officials say they hope to get that money.

In other action, the council gave permission to the city's Economic Development Authority to spend $5.7 million on about 53 acres for an industrial park in Greenbrier. The land is part of a 75-acre tract Armada Hoffler is negotiating to buy from the state. The deal is expected to be closed by the end of the year.

City officials said the Virginia Beach-based developer, acting on behalf of an unidentified tenant, plans to build up to 700,000 square feet of office and industrial space at the site occupied by the Southeastern Virginia Training Center.

The tenant is not interested in the entire parcel, and the state does not want to sell the property piecemeal, officials said. So the city will acquire the remainder of the land and market it to other tenants.

To view this article at the source publication, go to http://hamptonroads.com/2013/10/chesapeake-wants-funding-fentress-land-buy.

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...