News 2007

December 18, 2007 - UGA, on behalf of the Board of Regents, submitted an application to the Department of Education for a Public Benefit Conveyance of the NSCS property at no cost. The Department of Education will evaluate the application, confer with the Navy and compare the application to the Reuse Plan submitted by the LRA to the Navy and evaluate whether or not the application should be approved and if so, whether or not a discount should be applied to the conveyance of the property . The Navy seeks fair market value for all surplus military property. A copy of the PBC application is available through the LRA. Electronic copy of the PBC application has been requested of UGA by the LRA.
October 31, 2007 - The LRA submitted the reuse plan, homeless assistance plan and public comment to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for review. HUD has 60 days from receipt to advise the LRA if the plan is balanced between economic development, other development and homeless assistance. If the plan is compliant with HUD's criteria and the Redevelopment Act of 1994, HUD will pass the plan to the Department of the Navy. HUD has the option of asking the LRA to modify the plan.
October 23, 2007 - The LRA approved the final draft of the Reuse Plan for the NSCS property
July 27, 2007 - The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense notified the Base Reuse Coordinator and the LRA Chair that the Department of Defense granted the LRA a filing extension. The new filing date for the NSCS reuse plan is October 31, 2007.
July 17, 2007 - The Athens-Clarke County Navy Supply Corps School Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) presented a draft of the proposed reuse of the Navy Supply Corps School property for public comment in a public hearing on July 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the ACC Public Library auditorium prior to submitting it to HUD and the Navy on October 31, 2007.

Contingent upon UGA meeting certain milestone requirements, the LRA has approved the University of Georgia's Notice of Interest which proposes to establish a Health Sciences Center on the NSCS property. The Center would include a medical school as an expansion of the Medical College of Georgia, and moving the existing College of Public Health and the Health and Risk Communication Center, nursing program and other allied health programs to the NSCS property.

The LRA's reuse plan includes offsite implementation of homeless assistance for five local homeless assistance providers who submitted Notices of Interest that were approved by the LRA and will be funded entirely by the end user or users of the NSCS property. The Base Closure and Redevelopment Act of 1994 mandates that LRA's address the needs of the homeless in the vicinity of the base with the federal surplus military property.

The LRA will submit it's final reuse plan to HUD and to the Navy on or before October 31, 2007. HUD will review the homeless assistance plan and the reuse plan for balance and compliance with BRAC law and then pass it to the Navy for final approval. Concurrently, the University of Georgia will submit an application to the Department of Education for a Public Benefit Conveyance of the NSCS property. It is the desire of the University to obtain the land at no cost. The Department of Defense is seeking fair market value for surplus military properties closing in the 2005 round of BRAC.

The LRA's plan stipulates that, in addition to obtaining approval by the Department of Education, the University must secure political support and funding by May 2010 expressly for the establishment of the medical school on site, given that the medical school is the key economic driver in the University's proposed use of the NSCS property. Without the medical school, UGA's proposed use represents existing functions and relatively no new jobs or economic growth for Athens-Clarke County.

If UGA fails to meet these criteria, the reuse plan calls for the southern parcel to be conveyed to UGA for educational use and the northern parcel to be sold by the Navy for mixed use development; thereby, guaranteeing some economic development for Athens-Clarke County.
July 17, 2007 - The final public hearing took place July 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Public Library Auditorium on Baxter Street. The purpose of the meeting was to present the Homeless Assistance Submission that will be submitted to HUD and to receive public commentary on the submission as well as to present the draft of the final reuse plan for the Navy Supply Corps School and to receive public commentary and feedback for possible incorporation into the final plan.
June 2007 - The LRA applied for a filing extension with HUD through the Office of Economic Adjustment in the Department of Defense. The reason for the requested extension is due to drawn out negotiations with the University of Georgia. The filing extension date that was requested is October 31, 2007.
March 12, 2007 - The LRA met to hear the reports and recommendations of the Public Benefit Conveyance NOI Review Committee and the Homeless Assistance NOI Review Committee as approved by the Executive Committee. The PBC review committee recommended that the Notice of Interest submitted by Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services not be accommodated due to the fact that it does not replace the civilian jobs which will be lost when the Navy Supply Corps School closes in 2011. The committee recommended that the full LRA vote to authorize further discussions with the University of Georgia concerning it's Notice of Interest and certain conditions and recommendations about the proposal by the LRA. The Homeless Assistance Review Committee recommended that the LRA not accommodate the Notice of Interest by Atlanta Union Mission based on the judgement that the proposed use exceeds the local need, the NOI does not address the gaps in the local Continuum of Care and Consolidated Plan, and the lack of coordination with local homeless assistance providers. The Committee recommended that the following Notices of Interest be accommodated with the conditions that the assistance be provided offsite, together in an urban location, in close proximity to town and to public transportation: Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, AIDS Athens, Athens Area Homeless Shelter, CASA, Interfaith Hospitality Network. The full LRA approved the recommendations of all three committees.
A CAPPA Perspective - The Chair of the LRA and the Base Reuse Coordinator met with some of the former members of CAPPA (Community Approach to Planning Prince Avenue) on February 24th to discuss the base closure planning process, the planning work of the LRA and to ask for a CAPPA perspective on the development of a reuse plan for the Navy Supply Corps School. View input .
Private Sector/Developer Workshop a Success! - The ACC NSCS LRA hosted a workshop at the Navy Supply Corps School for the private sector and developers who have expressed interest in the NSCS site. The workshop included a tour of the base and presentation of site conditions and reuse scenarios as well as a round table discussion.
Phase 2 Public Meeting a Success! The ACC NSCS LRA hosted an Open House/Drop-In Event on November 29th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the ACC Governmental Planning Building Auditorium that enabled the public to view the possible reuse alternative scenarios and ask questions about each in advance of the presentation to the general public later that evening. View the scenarios.The event was well attended and comments and concerns were documented for inclusion into the reuse planning process going forward. View the public commentary. Later in the evening, RKG Associates, Inc. and EDSA (the LRA's land design firm) presented 3 alternative land reuse scenarios and compared them. It is important to note that these are possible scenarios--it is likely that the final reuse plan will be a synthesis of these scenarios. The reuse scenarios presented do not reflect any of the Notices of Interest expressed for public benefit uses or homeless assistance. The LRA will review these interests and will decide which to incorporate into the final draft of the reuse plan.
Deadline for submissions of Notices of Interest by state and local government, and homeless assistance providers was November 8th at 5:00 p.m. This date concluded the five month public outreach process conducted by the LRA in accordance with federal regulations The LRA has 270 days from November 8th to develop a reuse plan and homeless assistance submission to present to HUD and to the Navy. HUD will have 60 days to review the homeless assistance submission for compliance with the Redevelopment Act of 1994. The LRA's formal review process for Notices of Interests will be presented on November 29th at the LRA meeting.
Private Developer Workshop was held on November 30th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. onboard the Navy Supply Corps School base. Attendance was limited to private sector interests/developers and advance registration was required by November 14th. Site specific information and possible land reuse scenarios was presented and discussed in an open forum. For more information, contact the Base Reuse Coordinator at (706) 248-2230.

Phase 1 Public Meeting a Success! The public meeting held on October 11th at the ACC Public Library Auditorium provided the audience with an opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns after hearing an overview of the NSCS site evaluation and implications for reuse, a current economic and market trend analysis for ACC from RKG Associates, Inc.. View the Summary of Major Findings & Conclusions handed out at the meeting. View the Economic Profile and Market Trend Analysis and View Key Off-Site Characteristics. View Public Commentary from Phase 1 Meeting.
September 13, 2006 - RKG Associates presented the first two chapters of the reuse plan for the Navy Supply Corps School property. The chapters laid out their findings on the buildings, infrastructure and environmental conditions as well as the historic buildings and cultural resources at the Navy Supply Corps School. These findings were based on onsite evaluation, interviews with NSCS and ACC personnel, and recent studies conducted by the Navy. RKG also presented an evaluation of key site characteristics and an assessment of reuse implications. View "Buildings, Infrastructure and Environmental Conditions" of the NSCS property. View "Historic Buildings and Cultural Resources" of the NSCS property. View September 13th slide presentation.
September 12, 2006 - A Public Outreach Workshop for Public Benefit Applicants and Homeless Provider Applicants was conducted at the Navy Supply Corps School from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The deadline for registration was September 6th. An escorted tour of the NSCS buildings was followed by a workshop during which representatives from HUD, RKG Associates Inc. as well as the LRA explained the BRAC Notice of Interest application process and detailed the physical site conditions.
June 29, 2006 - The Navy Supply Corps School hosted an Open House for the general public from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This marked the first time since 9/11 that the base has been open to the public for tours. This unique opportunity, provided by Capt. Brian Sheppard, enabled the community to visit the base and see for themselves what exists "behind the fence". Capt. Sheppard also invited the LRA to participate in the Open House to answer questions pertaining to the closure of the base or reuse planning process.
June 28, 2006 - The LRA welcomed BRAC, Navy, OEA and Georgia Military Affairs officials to Athens to kick-off the reuse planning phase of the project. Consultants from Kutak Rock LLP, RKG Associates Inc, ARCADIS and Palmetto Preservation Works held a workshop for LRA members during which they described the complexities of the 2005 round of BRAC, their scope of their work and phased approach to project management. In addition, the consultants met with Capt. Brian Sheppard and his staff at the Navy Supply Corps School. The consultant team toured the NSCS base and, later, toured downtown Athens as well as neighborhoods in the vicinity of the base.
June 28, 2006 - The Base Reuse Coordinator, members of the LRA and consultants from RKG Associates Inc. and Kutak Rock LLP met with members of the Homeless Coalition of NE Georgia to conduct an information session about the Public Benefit and Homeless Provider Screening process and the ways in which previous rounds of BRAC differ from the current 2005 round of BRAC.
June 20, 2006 - Governor Perdue appointed Commissioner Mike Beatty of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs as a state representative member of the LRA. Commissioner Beatty is the 17th member of the LRA.
June 8, 2006 - The LRA published a notice in the Athens-Banner Herald soliciting interest from state and local entities that are eligible for conveyance of the property under various public benefit conveyances as well as as well as homeless assistance providers in accordance with the Redevelopment Act of 1994. Notices of Interest must be received by the LRA by November 8th, 2006. View the NOI Solicitation.
June 6, 2006 - The Athens-Clarke County Commission voted to approve receipt of federal funding by the Local Redevelopment Authority in the form of a planning grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment within the Department of Defense. The grant will fund the development of a redevelopment plan for the Navy Supply Corps School property. The Commission also voted to approve the LRA's recommendation to hire the consulting firm of RKG Associates, Inc. to assist in development of the comprehensive reuse plan. Consulting fees will be paid for by the federal planning grant--not Athens-Clarke County budget funds
May 12, 2006 - The Navy published a list of surplus property in the Athens-Banner Herald including the Navy Supply Corps School.
May 10, 2006 - The Navy published a list of surplus properties in the Federal Register including the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens. The properties that appeared on this list are excess to the Navy and are not being assigned to other federal users.
May 2006 - The LRA was invited by the Department of Defense to attend the BRAC conference "Responding to Change" held in Atlanta May 2-7th. The Chair, Executive Committee and the Base Reuse Coordinator met with representatives from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment and BRAC Program Management Office as well as Navy personnel and attended BRAC process workshops on topics such as Base Closure and Historic preservation, Homeless Outreach, Responding to Base Closure.
April 2006 - The LRA, through Athens-Clarke County, issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for BRAC related consulting services to develop a comprehensive reuse plan for the Navy Supply Corps School. View the RFP notice.
March 2006 - The Association of Defence Communities (formerly NAID) met in San Diego for its annual Winter Forum. The mission of the ADC is to support communities with active, closed and closing defense installations. The ADC has over 1,200 members comprised of community leaders, local redevelopment authorities, military and the private sector. The Base Reuse Coordinator represented the NSCS LRA at the Winter Forum. During the four days of sessions and networking events, the Coordinator met with the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, the Director of the BRAC Program Management Office as well as legal counsel and BRAC consultants concerning the closure of the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens and the progress of the LRA to date.
February 2006 - On February 14th, the NSCS LRA added a Base Reuse Coordinator to its staff. The role of the Base Reuse Coordinator is to plan and manage the LRA ’s activities, budget and third party relationships. Under the direction of the LRA Chairperson, and the LRA Executive Committee, the Base Reuse Coordinator manages LRA activities through the completion of a Comprehensive Reuse Plan for the NSCS, estimated to occur at the end of March 2007. In addition, the Coordinator manages relationships with the State of Georgia and the Department of Defense, the Navy, HUD, as well as third party consultants, legal counsel and potential end users of the property.
January 20, 2006 - The Department of the Navy issued a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the NSCS property. The NOA provided notice to federal government agencies about the availability of the property. Federal users having an interest in the property, were to notify the Department of the Navy by May 2006. No federal users came forward by May 2006, and the LRA reuse planning and screening for interest by the state and local governments, certain non-profits and homeless assistance providers began.
December 2005- The Secretary of Defense recognized the Athens NSCS LRA as the sole authority for the development of a reuse plan for the NSCS. In February 2006, the Department of Defense entered notice of the recognition in the Federal Register. The Athens LRA was one of the first LRA’s in the United States to be recognized by the Department of Defense.
December 15, 2005 - http://www.navyschoolathens.com was launched to provide information to and solicit feedback from the community about the redevelopment process for the Navy Supply Corps School.