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.
The site facilities include 58.5 acres of land, 27 buildings (350,000 square feet) used for offices and instruction (including one building that is on the National Register of Historic Places), and six buildings that are a part of the State of Georgia Oglethorpe Historic District. In addition, there are 56 housing units and 174 dormitory rooms on site.
Athens-Clarke County, as the Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA), undertook a proactive and transparent approach to the public outreach process from its inception. The LRA began by soliciting input from the public concerning the goals of the reuse plan through a series of public meetings in which written suggestions and comments were gathered, documented, and incorporated into the reuse planning document.
Since the Navy campus was ideally suited for educational reuse, the University of Georgia submitted a notice of interest for a medical campus, which was supported by the LRA and sponsored by the Department of Education for a 100 percent discounted Public Benefit Conveyance (PBC).
With the exception of removal of two underground gas tanks, environmental remediation is not required in conjunction with this property, which has been used for educational purposes for more than 150 years. The Navy completed its National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) requirement and the University has negotiated a new Programmatic Agreement with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO).
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