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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 102-99
March 12, 1999

NAVY ISSUES RECORD OF DECISION FOR REUSE OFNAVAL TRAINING CENTER SAN DIEGO

The Department of the Navy has issued the Record of Decision (ROD) concerning the disposal and reuse of Naval Training Center San Diego in San Diego, Calif. The ROD is the final step in the environmental evaluation process mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969.

On behalf of Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment) William J. Cassidy Jr. presented the environmental document to San Diego Mayor Susan Golding during a ceremony today at San Diego City Hall.

The ROD announces the Navy's decision to dispose of property associated with Naval Training Center San Diego in a manner that is consistent with the reuse plan prepared by the city of San Diego and is in keeping with the Department of Defense's community-based reuse objectives. The Navy concluded that the city of San Diego's proposed redevelopment of the Naval Training Center property responds to local economic conditions, promotes rapid economic recovery from the impact of the base's closure, and is consistent with President Clinton's five-part plan for revitalizing base closure communities. The Clinton plan emphasizes job creation and local economic redevelopment of the closed facility.

The ROD is an environmental document and does not convey the Naval Training Center property. Conveyance, or transfer of title, of the property is a separate matter that will be undertaken during later discussions between the Navy and the city of San Diego.

The ROD reflects the highly successful coordinated efforts of the Navy and the city of San Diego. It is a significant step in the base conversion process which allows the local community to begin long-term redevelopment and highlights the Navy's commitment to economic prosperity at base closure sites.

Point of contact is Lt. Dora Staggs at (703) 697-5342.