Faq for Navy School Athens

What is the Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA)?
The Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) is a group of citizens designated by the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and recognized by the Secretary of Defense that will act as a single voice for the community in responding to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. The LRA will lead efforts for the redevelopment of the United States Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) located on Prince Avenue. In the fall of 2005, the base was officially designated as one of many across the country whose operations would be moved to another facility and/or closed. The operations of the NSCS will eventually be transferred to Newport, Rhode Island and the base will be redeveloped for government, public, or private use to be determined by the community. A comprehensive reuse plan will be developed by the LRA over the course of a year and submitted to the Navy.

When is the Navy relocating? The Navy estimates that it will relocate its Supply Corps School training operations during March of 2011. This timeframe is contingent upon the readiness of the site in Newport, Rhode Island. A firm date will be published once the Navy finalizes its plan. According to current BRAC law, all BRAC activities must be completed no later than September 15, 2011.

What is going to happen to the base?
The Navy, and all branches of the military, will dispose of surplus property, as a result of closures and realignments, by way of very specific methods and processes mandated by law. The methodology for Base Redevelopment and Realignment (BRRM) is contained in a manual issued by the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense. The base will be redeveloped for either government, public, or private use or some combination. This is yet to be detemined. The LRA is charged with finding potential uses for the property and developing a comprehensive redevelopment reuse plan based on community input and goals derived from that input. The plan will be submitted to HUD for review and to the Navy.

For a clear and concise explanation of base closure as it relates to Athens read this educational piece that was written by the LRA Chair and published in the Athens-Banner Herald in June.

Why is HUD involved in the reuse plan? Under the Base Closure Community Redevelopment and Homeless Assistance Act of 1994, HUD is responsible for ensuring that the reuse plan addresses the needs of the homeless in the vicinity of the base and that the reuse plan is balanced in terms of economic redevelopment, other redevelopment and homeless assistance needs of the community. For additional information, see the HUD Guidebook on Military Base Reuse and Homeless Assistance.

Who are the members of the LRA?
Buddy Allen (Chair), Barbara Bacon, Paul Chambers, Sue Custance, Heidi Davison, Katrina Evans, Brad Griffin, Hank Huckaby, Ralph Johnson, Brian Kemp, Amy Kissane, David Lynn, Charlie Maddox, Patrick O'Brien, Anne Sweaney, Courtney Tobin (Vice Chair). One additional member, Mike Beatty, the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, was appointed by the Governor of the State of Georgia.

Holly Reed is the Base Reuse Coordinator.

What is the LRA Scope of Work?
Prepare a financially feasible reuse plan for the Navy Supply Corps School property in accordance with federal government guidelines.

How will the reuse plan be developed?
The Office of Economic Adjustment (within the Department of Defense) provides federal planning grants to communities affected by base realignments or closures. This grant money will fund the work necessary to develop a reuse plan --including professional consulting fees. RKG Associates, Inc., an economic, planning and real estate consulting firm experienced in military base closures, will assist the LRA with the economic and market analysis, public outreach, development of potential reuse scenarios and eventually a preferred reuse plan that reflects Athens' long-term goals and values to submit to the Navy.

How do we come up with a reuse plan that’s good for Athens?

The LRA is charged with developing a reuse plan that is balanced in terms of economic development, other development and homeless assistance. During the fall of 2005, the LRA conducted three separate public forums to enable the community to express concerns and to provide ideas for reuse of the NSCS property. View public comment from the fall of 2005 meetings. The goals of the LRA were derived from this community input. As the LRA develops the reuse plan for the NSCS property, there will be additional opportunities for public input from the community during each phase of the project.

During the first phase of the project, the consultants conducted a great deal of analysis and evaluation of the NSCS buildings, infrastructure, land use, environmental issues and historic features. Additionally, their analysis included roads, traffic, off-site conditions, land use and regulatory issues, economic and social factors as well as market potential. There was a public meeting to discuss initial findings relative to the NSCS site on October 11, 2006. View the public comment from the October 11th Public Meeting.

The LRA has just completed the second phase of the project. The consultants have prepared three possible alternative reuse concepts for the site based upon the results of data collection, community input and the redevelopment potential for existing facilities. These reuse scenarios represent a starting point from which the LRA can develop a final reuse plan. All concepts and recommendations are sensitive to the constraints of adjacent land uses and incorporate the principles of the existing Athens-Clarke County Land Use. Plan. Each alternative is compared and evaluated in a matrix format that includes financial analysis, job creation, tax revenues, neighborhood impacts, environmental conditions, infrastructure demand and community benefits. Each site reuse alternative is illustrated to scale. A public meeting to present the alternative scenarios was held on Wednesday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m. at 120 W. Doughterty at the ACC Governmental Planning Department Auditorium. The presentation included site information, review alternative reuse scenarios on which a plan will be built, and a comparison of each of them. There was an open house/drop in from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in advance of the presentation for the general public to view the reuse scenarios up close and ask questions of RKG and ACC representatives on site.

During the third, and final, phase of the project a recommended reuse plan and implementation strategy will be developed. A public meeting or forum will be conducted during this phase of the project as well.

When will the public be able to view the reuse plan and voice questions or concerns?

As mentioned above, there will be a Public Town Hall Meeting/Forum at the end of each phase of work--as the reuse plan is being developed.

View the the reuse plan as it is being developed:

View Chapter 1 - Buildings, Infrastructure and Environmental Conditions
View Chapter 2 - Historic Buildings and Cultural Resources
View Chapter 3 - Economic Profile and Market Trend Analysis
View Chapter 4 - Key Off-Site Characteristics
View Chapter 5 - Redevelopment Alternatives

What are the LRA's goals?

The reuse goals, derived from public input during the meetings conducted by the LRA in the fall of 2005, are listed below.

Develop a plan that will enhance the local economy and increase local tax revenues.
Develop a plan that will replace and/or increase civilian jobs and payroll.
Develop a plan that preserves and protects the unique character of the portion of the NSCS property that exists within the Oglethorpe Avenue National Register District, in particular the seven historic buildings and the significant tree canopy.
Develop a plan that embraces the Guiding Principles of the Athens-Clarke County Comprehensive Land Use Plan
Build community support and excitement through an open planning process.
Strive to be responsive to the social needs of the local community.
Carry out the planning process in a timely fashion.
Incorporate economic feasibility and appropriate environmental standards.
Capitalize on opportunities and remain flexible throughout the process.

Read the LRA's mission and vision statement.

What does the site and buildings of the NSCS entail?
The site consists of 58.5 acres of land, 27 buildings used for offices and instruction, including one building that is listed on the National Historic Register and six buildings which are a part of the State of Georgia Oglethorpe Historic District consisting of approximately 350,000 square feet, 56 housing units, and 174 dormitory rooms. A map of the facility is available as a PDF online. View a map of the historic buildings onsite. You must view with Adobe Acrobat reader. Download Adobe Reader free.

What is the history of the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS)?
In 1891, the property became the Normal School and was used for training teachers. In 1928, the name was changed to Georgia Teacher’s College and became a 4-year school. In 1932, the campus became known as the Coordinate College and its facilities were used as dormitories for University freshman and sophomore women. In 1953, the site was acquired by the US Navy and has been occupied by the Navy Supply Corps School and has been utilized for training and educational purposes by the Navy since the acquisition. Every Navy supply officer since 1954 has been trained in Athens.

What will happen to the historic buildings and features?
The historic preservation consultants will be working closely with the Georgia Historic Preservation Division and local preservation interests to ensure a diligent review and sensitive treatment of the historic resources at the Navy Supply Corps School. During the project, the consultants will evaluate the significance and integrity of each historic building as well as comment on the suitability of reuse. They will make recommendations concerning the treatment of significant features and materials and will provide general guidance for the appropriate adaptive reuse of each historic building. Both consultants have lived in Athens and earned masters degrees from the University of Georgia and are familiar with the NSCS site. One consultant is also a graduate of the Navy Supply Corps School. Additionally, one of the LRA’s Executive Committee members is the Director of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation.

How many personnel are on the NSCS?
Average on-base students are 250. Staff personnel consists of 303 total including 115 military and 188 civilian and contract personnel. The annual payroll for NSCS employees is $8.7 Million.

Is there a timeline for the process?
The United States Department of Defense has designated a timeline for the process. Athens-Clarke County is ahead of many communities in its planning for redevelopment. View remaining timeline as of April 16, 2007.

What if I have additional comments or questions that aren't answered on this site?
Please visit the Contact Us page

Are there any upcoming meetings about the NSCS?
Upcoming LRA meetings and public forums are listed in the News section of this Web site.