Federal City in the News

19 April 2010

The Federal City project was once again featured in the news.

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Marine Corps Formally Names Algiers Installation


20 April 2010

The New Orleans region now has a new name to add to its lexicon of military installations: Marine Corps Support Facility, New Orleans.

That’s the name the Marine Corps headquarters in Arlington, Va., has approved for a 29-acre portion of the Naval Support Activity in Algiers, where the new national headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve and its subordinate commands is being built as part of federal city.

“It will actually be the first true installation for the Marine Corps Reserve,” said Col. Bill Davis, assistant chief of staff for facilities at Marine Forces Reserve.

The Marine Corps operations, considered the anchor tenant of the federal city campus, will be housed in a state-financed $110 million building at the Opelousas and Hendee streets.

“As the main building is rising, people are beginning to see and appreciate the real scope of our project,” said retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David Mize, who heads the nonprofit group overseeing the federal city development.

The installation encompasses a small portion of the 193-acre Navy base that opened more than a century ago and will cease to exist next year. The Marine building overlooks a dusty construction site that will be a grassy parade field where military ceremonies will be held and troops will do physical training.

By federal law, the Marines must move from the Naval Support Activity’s east bank campus to their new 411,000-square-foot building in Algiers no later than Sept. 15, 2011.

Construction is ahead of schedule, said Bob Lipscomb, senior project manager for contractor Woodward Design+Build.

“They’ll be everywhere,” he said.

When construction is complete, the state will give the buildings to the Marine Corps, which estimates spending $35 million to $50 million on furnishing it and equipping it with security and other systems, Davis said. The Marine Corps already is seeking applications to fill the positions on the installation’s security force, which will be civilians working for the Department of Defense, he said. The 1,900 Marines and civilian employees expect to move in during the spring of 2011, he said.

“Our goal is to move in by hurricane season (2011), but a lot of that depends on this hurricane season,” Davis said.

The 29-acre site includes the former F. Edward Hebert Hospital, which federal city developers plan to use as offices for tenants.

Paul Purpura can be reached at ppurpura@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3791.

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