When Fort Benjamin Harrison Army Base was put on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list in 1991, the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority, along with the City of Lawrence, developed a plan to address economic concerns following the exodus of hundreds of army and civilian personnel. At the time of closure, approximately 800 acres of property deeded from the federal government to the Reuse Authority was appraised at a negative value of $9 million due to dilapidated buildings and contaminated soils. The Reuse Authority’s investment to demolish buildings and remediate property began the process of reusing the historic army base. The Authority’s most recent investment of $10 million dollars to build infrastructure is critical to the completion of base redevelopment. The project sets the stage for the development of Lawrence Village at the Fort, a master planned, sustainable, mixed use community which will include residential, commercial and retail offerings. Lawrence Village at the Fort is a destination – a walkable community for residents and visitors to eat, shop, live and work. The infrastructure construction was completed in Summer 2010.
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