2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 24 Feb 2005 07:23:04 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Hanscom AFB (MA) "Worst Case" planning
Planning for the worst case: looking at a post-BRAC Hanscom

By Barbara Forster
Lincoln Journal (MA)
February 24, 2005

Complex and fast-moving are the best ways to describe efforts to turn a
potential Hanscom Air Force Base "worst-case-scenario" into a "good

On Feb. 15, the Hanscom Area Towns Committee was apprised of contingency
planning if the base were to close. Armed with a $156,000-grant from the
Office of Economic Adjustment (an agency of the Department of Defense),
Sasaki Associates and Garrity and Knisely are beginning to create a
proactive study with two primary goals. 

One goal is to evaluate at a conceptual level only, the likely impacts
of the closure such as economic, social, and government services.
Another goal is to begin to identify concepts for future reuse. The
study will also define parameters for a more detailed future plan. 

Fred Merrill of Sasaki Associates stressed that this pre-closure study
is strictly conceptual. 

"It is not a detailed post-BRAC reuse plan," he said. 

Having such a plan does not affect the military's decision to close or
not to close the base, but it could give HATS and the towns a head start
into the post-BRAC detailed planning process should the base close. 


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
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