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Information about Paul A. Doble United States Army Reserve Center and BRAC 2005

Background on BRAC
The Paul A. Doble Army Reserve Center located on Cottage Street was identified for closure by the federal 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. As a first step in the BRAC process, a redevelopment plan must be prepared and, earlier this year, the City Council voted to designate the City as the entity that would serve as the Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA). The primary role of the LRA is to create a redevelopment plan for the Paul A. Doble Reserve Center, including conducting a public outreach process to obtain input as to the future use of the property. Ultimately, this process will result in the City’s development of a reuse plan for the property, which will be used by the U.S. Army in deciding how, when and to what entity the property will be transferred.

The federal BRAC law establishes very clear rules about how the LRA must involve the community in its decision making process. As part of those requirements, no later than June 8, 2006 the City must publish a solicitation in the local newspaper alerting the public and agencies about the property, and inviting notices of interest for reuse from eligible parties. Through this process, the City must offer eligible parties, such as homeless service providers as well as other entities eligible for public benefit conveyance, an opportunity to submit notices of interest. The law requires the City, in its role as Local Redevelopment Authority, to accept and consider these notices of interest in preparing the redevelopment plan.

The reuse plan must contain a U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Homeless Application, which must be approved by HUD. Standards for approval are specified in BRAC law. According to this law, the homeless submission “must balance in an appropriate manner a portion or all of the needs of the communities in the vicinity of the installation for economic redevelopment and other development with the needs of the homeless in such communities”.

Several specific outreach requirements, including a public hearing and information session about the property and the reuse planning process are required. LRAs must also provide to the public information on the property asset and condition as part of this process. The LRA has until June 2007 to complete its community participation process and reuse plan. The timeframe for transfer of the property is dependent upon the U.S. Army Readiness Reserve Command’s progress in its realignment of reserve centers in New Hampshire, including possible construction of new facilities. By law, all property designated for closure in the BRAC 2005 round must be transferred by November 2011.