Army to shift jobs from Belvoir to Springfield -- dailypress.com
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#1 Jul 31, 2007
Regarding recent media accounts of the announcement late last week about the Army's agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation to complete the construction of the Fairfax County Parkway through Fort Belvoirâs Engineer Proving Ground:
* Army has agreed that a federal entity can build the connector using state funds, and to cap at 8,500 the number of employees to be placed at EPG. Current planning for Fort Belvoirâs realignment suggests placing 18,000 workers at the EPG. The concern many planners and others have with that is that the larger road network serving the EPG canât handle traffic expected to be generated by 18,000 workers, even with the completed connector.
* VDOT's current design for the connector, approved in 2004, can accommodate up to 8,500 workers. The connector would have to be redesigned for the larger traffic volume, a process that would delay the road. Fairfax County needs the connector now -- certainly the incoming employees need it to be able to get to work, and to get home to their families after work.
* Putting the other 9,500 somewhere else at Fort Belvoir is part of the agreement. While last week's announcement does say the Army would, "... locate some employees at the GSA Warehouse adjacent to the Springfield-Franconia Metro/VRE station," that doesn't completely reflect where the Army is in its agreement with VDOT to get the road built. Army is still studying the extent to which the GSA site in Springfield might work.
* The DOD organizations involved must agree the site meets their needs, of course, but, the most critical point is that BRAC law requires that wherever the total 22,000 people end up, it be on ground that is in fact part of Fort Belvoir. To that end, Congressmen Tom Davis and Jim Moran have put language in the appropriations bill now being debated that would make the GSA site part of Fort Belvoir.
* There has been no decision on how Fort Belvoir's realignment will be executed. The Final Environmental Impact Study is the analysis of potential action. A Record of Decision expected in August will determine what will actually be done.
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