Naval Station Philadelphia
Naval Station Philadelphia was closed upon the reccomendation of the 1991 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC). The Philadelphia Naval Complex includes the Philadelphia Naval Hospital (NAVHOSP), the Philadelphia Naval Station (NAVSTA) and the Philadel-phia
Naval Shipyard (PNSY). Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) of 1988 and 1990 mandated the closure of NAVHOSP and NAVSTA respectively, and placed the PNSY in a closed and preserved status. In 1995,
BRAC IV excessed the PNSY property previously identified for preserved status and not required to support the remaining activities. Based on the changes in overall civilian employment, the BRAC process appears to have fallen most heavily on California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Of these three states, only California has developed state-level offices with specific responsibility for defense conversion and community assistance.
The Philadelphia Naval Complex is located at the confluence of the Delaware
and Schuylkill Rivers. The property identified for disposal encompasses 1,153
acres, with PNSY accounting for 266 acres and Naval Base (NAVBASE) 979
acres (NAVBASE owned the land while NAVSTA owned most of the
buildings). The former NAVBASE includes the Capehart Housing (13
acres) area. Another off-base parcel is the former Hospital (49 acres) and its
supporting buildings. The BRAC 95 “footprint” was developed to
segregate retained property from excess property. The retained land is
identified as Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division - Ships
Systems Engineering Station (NSWCCD-SSES), includes the Norfolk Naval
Shipyard Detachment (NNSY-DET) Naval Foundry and Propeller Center;
certain waterfront facilities under the cognizance of the Naval Inactive Ship
Maintenance Facility (NISMF); Public Works Center San Francisco
Detachment Philadelphia (PWC DET); the Naval Bureau of Medicine
(BUMED); and the Naval Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC).
sites, Sites 3, 6, 7 and 15, referred to as PCB Sites, underwent an Remedial
Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) and were under a Record of Decision
(ROD). Two phases of remedial action were required. An amended ROD was
signed in 1995 to revise the second phase. This amended ROD saved
approximately $1.4 million in remedial costs. The remediation at Sites 3, 6, 7
and 15 is completed, and 13 sites are Response Complete.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania invested more than $500,000 to renovate a dormant building and pier at the Philadelphia Naval Business Center into a new cruise ship terminal to serve the world cruise market. The terminal, the first of its kind on the Delaware River, has been operational since late spring 1998.
The Port of Philadelphia and Camden, responsible for managing the new facility, market city and state tourism destinations to travelers using the new cruise ship terminal to sail to and from Bermuda, the Canadian Maritimes, the Eastern Seaboard and the Caribbean.
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Maintained by Robert Sherman
Originally created by John Pike
Updated Sunday, December 06, 1998 5:59:17 AM