|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||15 Apr 2005 16:36:16 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Puerto Rican bases|
[The future of the recently closed Roosevelt Roads Naval Base, discussed
in this article, is particularly significant, because Navy officials
view the disposition of Roosevelt Roads as the model for their approach
to the upcoming national round of base closures. Remember, starting next
week, such articles on base closure, cleanup, transfer, and reuse will
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Minor support to Fort Buchanan’s BRAC inclusion; BRAC commissioners chosen
Roosevelt Roads redevelopment in final stages as Ceiba / Naguabo residents remain under grim economic strains
By MARIALBA MARTINEZ CARIBBEAN BUSINESS (Puerto Rico Herald)
April 14, 2005
Secretary of State Marisara Pont’s remarks during her confirmation hearings about the need to unite and save Fort Buchanan from the federal government’s Base Realignment & Closure (BRAC) process momentarily hindered her confirmation to the executive post when Bayamón Mayor Ramón Luis Rivera took exception.
In other news, Economic Development & Commerce Department (EDCD) Secretary-Designate Jorge Silva revealed the U.S. Department of Housing has endorsed Roosevelt Roads’ redevelopment plan. In December 2004, the Roosevelt Roads Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) submitted a land-use plan to the Department of Defense and the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), federal agencies that participate in the LRA process. The plan includes redeveloping 6,125 acres of the naval base’s 8,600 acres into nine mixed-use zones over 30 years, with the possible creation of 20,000 jobs.
"HUD determined the LRA plan presented an adequate balance of the communities’ and homeless people’s needs, with the critical elements for optimal economic development of the area," said Silva. "In addition, the plan complies with the applicable federal law. This endorsement allows the implementation of the redevelopment plan as conceived by the EDCD. Once the U.S. Navy fulfills the environmental evaluations that are required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the land transferences, and the subsequent actions to put into action the redevelopment plan will begin as well."
The LRA’s plan considers using about 2,000 acres that include the 11,000-foot airport runway, Bundy area, golf course, urban center, residential area, port area, and beach / coastline zone. Plans are underway to build a scientific research park. The former base hospital and health facilities would be run by private groups and a homeless shelter, HUD’s only requirement for the LRA plan, will be part of the plan.
An additional 3,400 acres of wetlands and mangroves will be transferred to the Puerto Rico Conservation Trust for preservation. In addition, 212 acres will be transferred to federal government agencies, including 45 acres to the Homeland Security Department, 75 acres to the U.S. Customs Service, and 90 acres to the U.S. Army Reserve.
For the entire article, see http://www.puertorico-herald.org/issues2/2005/vol09n15/CBMinorSuprtBuch.shtml
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