Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 closed the Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant (LSAAP) and realigned the Red River Army Depot (RRAD). The total surplus property at these adjacent installations consists of 19,381 acres (including 15,546 at LSAAP and 3,835 at RRAD). This BRAC action resulted in the loss of 2 military personnel; 275 civilian jobs; and 129 contractor positions.
The Red River Redevelopment Authority (RRRA), established in the 1990s to address the earlier BRAC 1995 realignment of RRAD, was recognized by the Department of Defense as the planning and implementation Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) for the BRAC 2005 actions. In May 2011, the RRRA adopted a new name, becoming the TexAmericas Center.
The reuse plan was completed in July 2007 and approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in October 2007. Reuse activities include retention of the Ammunition Plant (approximately 5,500 acres conveyed by the Army to Day and Zimmerman, the existing operating contractor) and other industrial and commercial uses. The LRA and the Army completed an Economic Development Conveyance agreement in September 2010 for 11,819 acres, of which 8,874 acres have been conveyed under early transfer authority.
The Army is now in the process of conducting environmental remediation activities, installing new perimeter fence line, and preparing for transfer of the Red River Army Depot Western Excess Parcel. The munitions production done at this facility since the 1940s require extensive Army clean-up efforts that necessitates coordinated access to TexAmericas-owned facilitates, and special care and handling of materials and equipment. The LRA and the Army also are coordinating on the public sale of land (900 acres located on the western portion of the facility) and timber sales.
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