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Base Realignment & Closure

Base Redevelopment Means Community Partnership

OEA staff conducted a highly successful site visit to the former Fort McPherson thanks to the efforts of the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority.

OEA's Guidance Manual On Converting Military Airfields To Civil Airports

The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) periodically prepares and distributes community guidance manuals to assist communities dealing with the issues arising from military base closures/realignments, and base redevelopment. This manual is intended to provide information and procedural guidance on converting former military airfields to public civilian aviation use.

Community Profile: Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove

The Horsham Authority for Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NASJRB) Willow Grove (HLRA) is a planning LRA. BRAC 2005 closed NAS JRB Willow Grove. The community expected the main base located in Horsham Township, Montgomery County, and the off-site housing located in Warminster Township and Ivyland Borough in Bucks County to be surplus property.

Community Profile: Naval Air Station Brunswick and Topsham Annex, Maine

Shortly after the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision to close BNAS was final, the Governor, the local legislative delegation, and the Brunswick and Topsham town councils established the Brunswick Local Redevelopment Authority (BLRA) and the Topsham Local Redevelopment Authority (TLRA) respectively. BLRA was responsible for developing the reuse master plan for the Naval Air Station in Brunswick and TLRA developed the reuse master plan for the Topsham Annex.

Community Profile: Lone Star Ammunition Plant, Red River Army Depot, Watts-Guillot U.S. Army Reserve Center, Texas

The Red River Redevelopment Authority (RRRA) was established in 1998 as a Special Purpose District in the State of Texas to address the implementation of BRAC real property actions, associated with the 1995 realignment of RRAD (765 acres). The RRRA was named the planning and implementing LRA for the BRAC 2005 properties in Bowie County, which include: complete closure of Lone Star AAP (15,600 acres); further realignment of RRRAD (3,800 acres); and consolidation of the Watts-Guillot USARC (located in metropolitan Texarkana) into a new Joint Reserve Center Facility on RRAD.

Community Profile: Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, Kansas

The Local Redevelopment Planning Authority (LRPA) was formalized by the Labette County Commission in October
2005 following five months of a volunteer group working with the Army. The LRPA was comprised of city and county
officials, as well as community leaders. This body hired an executive director, who then hired an office manager and
deputy director.

Community Profile: Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota

As Grand Forks (through the Council on Military Relations) worked to “Save the Base,” community leaders assigned a small group to plan for the worst – base closure. The group consisted of the County Administrator, the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Council (EDC) President, and the City Administrator. When the BRAC recommendations were finalized, Grand Forks was relieved to learn that GFAFB was to be realigned and not closed.

Community Profile: General Mitchell Air Reserve Station, Wisconsin

The 440th Air Force Reserve Base military facility was closed in February 2008 under the BRAC round of 2005. The former base is located entirely within the city limits of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and occupies approximately 102 acres. There are 93 buildings on the base. Utilities serving the property are not privatized.

Community Profile: Fort Monroe, Virginia

FMFADA is an instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its 18 member Board of Directors includes five appointees from the Governor’s Cabinet – the Departments of Administration, Natural Resources, Commerce and Trade, and Finance, as well as the Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness. The Governor also appoints two professional experts. The General Assembly appoints four members of the Board, and the Hampton City Council appoints seven citizen members. The Executive Committee has five members chosen from the Board.

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