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Army releases four proposed sites for the Middletown Armed Forces Reserve Center

Community comments requested  

LOUISVILLE, KY – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers release four proposed sites for the Middletown Armed Forces Reserve Center during a public meeting Sept. 17 in Middletown.

After two days of discussions, the site selection committee which comprised members from the Mayor’s Advisory Board, the Reserve, the National Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, looked at the feasibility of proposed sites to house the Armed Forces Reserve Center .

The suggested sites that have been recommended by the committee to move forward (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Bysiewicz Industrial Park
    Description: This site is on Middle Street and privately owned. This industrial site contains approximately 35 acres. The site has city water, sewer and storm water utilities. Gas and electrical not at the site currently but are expected.
  • Cucia Park
    Description: Smith Road at Industrial Road. The site is City owned. This site, submitted by the City of Middletown, is owned by the city. The site contains approximately 40 acres and is zoned industrial.
  • Ken Dooley/Boardman Lane
    Description: Site submitted by developers and landowner. The site contains 37 acres in the Millennium Industrial Park on Ken Dooley Road and approximately 88 acres on the Boardman Lane site. Both sites are industrially zoned.
  • Mile Lane
    Description: This site is the former Middletown Reserve Center. The site is government owned and has approximately 25 acres.

The Army requested site suggestions from the community at the public meeting Aug. 27. Submitted sites were required to meet these criteria:

  • In the City of Middletown to meet Base Realignment and Closure Law
  • Adequate Build-able Acreage
    • Within budget/schedule
  • Environmental Constraints
  • Available/Willing seller

Comments are welcomed from the community via email, telephone or blog. The sites are listed on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blog which can be accessed directly at https://lrlcoepao.wordpress.com or via a link from the Corps Middletown Armed Forces website at http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/poi/default.asp?mycategory=309.

Comments will also be accepted via telephone Todd Hornback at 502-315-6768 or Diane McCartin at 502-315-6853 or email at todd.j.hornback@usace.army.mil or diane.e.mccartin@usace.army.mil.

“We want to hear community concerns and comments on these sites,” said Diane McCartin, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District project manager.

In addition, the presentation is available at the blog or Corps website.

What’s next?

Site Identification Schedule:

Sept. 29 (Specific date to be determined) – Public meeting to receive comments on the four sites
Sept. 30 (Specific date to be determined) – Submit list of sites with public comments to the Army Reserve
Oct. 1 – Convene Site Identification Meeting to list sites in order of preference
Oct. 17 – Complete Draft Site Identification Report and forward for approval
Oct. 30 – List of viable sites approved, subject to NEPA review

“The Army must identify potential sites by October to stay on track. The project is scheduled to be ready in March 2011 but must be completed by September 2011 or the BRAC funds disappear,” McCartin said. “We may be on a fast track with the project, but we must also follow all required laws while we move forward with the project.”

The new campus is programmed to receive an Armed Forces Reserve Center, vehicle maintenance shop and a unit storage facility. Citizen Soldiers will use this campus for classroom training for distance learning and computer simulation, Human Resource and administration offices and vehicle maintenance.

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Armed Forces Reserve Center public meeting set for September 17

LOUISVILLE, KY – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting to discuss site suggestions from the Middletown community Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Mercy High School.

 

“This public meeting will discuss suggested sites from community members and city officials,” said Diane McCartin, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District project manager. “We want to hear community concerns and comments on these sites.”

 

The public meeting will be held at Mercy High School at 1740 Randolph Road in Middletown. This is the same location as the Aug. 27 public meeting.

 

With the Connecticut Governor’s removal of the National Guard engineering unit from the project, the Reserve analyzed how this reduction reduced the project footprint. The acreage required has reduced the project from approximately 45 to 25 acres.

 

The Army is requesting site comments on the suggestions from community members, city officials and state agencies. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website includes a blog for comments on the site suggestions for the project.

 

Sites for the first phase of the investigation had to meet the following criteria:

  • Is the site within the Middletown city limits?
  • Is the site large enough for the project?
  • Is it available? Is it for sale?

 

Because this is a Base Realignment and Closure project, the project must be completed by September 2011. The Army is asking community members to recommend sites and comment by Sept. 29.

 

 “The Army must identify potential sites by October to stay on track. The project is scheduled to be ready in March 2011 but must be completed by September 2011 or the BRAC funds disappear,” McCartin said. “We may be on a fast track with the project, but we must also follow all required laws while we move forward with the project.”

 

The new campus is programmed to receive an Armed Forces Reserve Center, vehicle maintenance shop and a unit storage facility. Citizen Soldiers will use this campus for classroom training for distance learning and computer simulation, Human Resource and administration offices and vehicle maintenance.

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Note:  You can provide your comments on selected sites by clicking here or the link “Comments on Suggested Sites” to the right.

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