In September 2005, the U.S. Department of Defense recommended the closure of the 440th Air Reserve Base, under the Federal Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC). The 102 acre property is located in the City of Milwaukee adjacent to the County-owned General Mitchell International Airport, at the intersection of South Howell Avenue and East College Avenue, south of the airport terminal.
In response and in accordance with the BRAC law, the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County created a 440th Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) to guide the redevelopment of the area. The LRA entered into an agreement with the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee to hire a project consultant.
After issuing a Request for Proposals and going through a competitive selection process, the LRA contracted with RKG Associates, Inc. of Durham, New Hampshire in April 2007 to prepare a reuse plan for the site. RKG's team included local companies CH2M-Hill, Norris & Associates, and Beth Foy & Associates. The LRA concurrently applied for and received a grant from the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment for planning funds relative to the development of a reuse plan and transfer of the property.
The LRA consists of two representatives from the City of Milwaukee and two from Milwaukee County. The State of Wisconsin declined formal membership on the board, but sent representatives to all LRA meetings. The LRA held monthly public board meetings and additional work sessions throughout 2007 and into 2008.
The development of a Reuse Plan for the 440th Air Reserve Station (ARS) included:
- An analysis of baseline demographic, economic and market conditions in the greater Milwaukee region;
- An inventory and analysis of the 440th facilities including buildings, utilities, pavements, and other features of the site;
- A review and analysis of available environmental baseline information on the property;
- A review of the personal property that was potentially available for transfer;
- A review of the BRAC regulations and available methods of conveyance of the property from the Air Force to the LRA or other entities;
- Evaluation of the Notices of Interest received by the LRA from organizations with potential needs that could be satisfied by base facilities;
- A comprehensive public outreach program including a website, press releases and three public information and input meetings;
- Development of four alternative development scenarios for the 440th property; and
- Creation of a Preferred Reuse Plan and implementation strategy for the LRA regarding the 440th ARS property.
The 440th property contains approximately 102 acres and is developed with approximately 465,000 square feet of built space in 93 buildings, along with supporting streets and parking areas, full utilities, and approximately 20 acres of aircraft parking apron with direct access to General Mitchell International Airport. It is rectangular shaped (approximately 2,300 feet east to west and 1,750 feet north to south) with entrances located on East College Avenue and S. Howell Avenue. There is also an extension of the property to the north along the airport boundary.
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