PFC Daniel L. Wagenaar Army Reserve Center
On May 9, 2006, the United States Army declared the PFC Daniel L. Wagenaar Army Reserve Center surplus as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act. The Wagenaar facility is located in Pasco, Washington and is adjacent to the Port of Pasco’s Big Pasco Industrial Center and directly across the street from the Port of Pasco office on Ainsworth. The property consists of 1 17,000 sq ft office/training building and 1 2,000 sq ft vehicle storage building on 7 acres of land.
In late 2006, the Army designated the Port of Pasco as the Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) in charge of planning for the reuse of the facility. The Port of Pasco has since relinquished its role as LRA and the Army designated the City of Pasco as the new LRA. The City of Pasco LRA solicited Notices of Interest (NOI) in local and regional newspapers for any agencies interested in acquiring the property until December 1, 2008. Notices of interest have been evaluated using a standardized set of criteria.
The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990, as amended (BRAC law), prescribes the organization, procedures, and timing for local activities that deal with the public and private reuse of property that the Department of Defense (DoD) has determined surplus to the needs of the Federal Government. These activities may include preparation of an overall economic adjustment plan to assist impacted workers and businesses and a base redevelopment plan for surplus Federal property.
Planning for base redevelopment is intended to bring about an orderly and lasting change in the local economy that is consistent with community interests and needs. The planning process should foster an awareness of the redevelopment options and highlight the cost of these options in comparison with the benefits. The process should be conducted with maximum public participation to help the participants see the tradeoffs necessary for the best long-term community interests. Competing interests among those participating in the planning process should be identified, discussed, and reconciled. The process should be conducted with broad public participation and support by key decision makers from both the public and private sectors to ensure successful redevelopment that is consistent with community interests and needs.