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Old 07-09-2015, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I decided to start a new thread dedicated to the future of the old Pueblo Army Depot. As its current mission of destroying all the mustard bombs is over in a few years the 16,000 acres will be available for redevelopment. This is kind of a unique property in the nation as it is so large with all the infrastructure already in place including many large buildings. In my opinion it will be interesting to see how it is redeveloped in the next 15 years.

The web page: PuebloPlex | Pueblo, Colorado | Single-owner megasite | Local Redevelopment Authority for the Pueblo Army Depot --- Honoring a Legacy, Charting a Destiny




From KRDO 13 Colorado Springs/ Pueblo:

The possibilities for the site of the U.S. Army Chemical Depot are endless. Just ask Michael Clarkson, analyst and project manager for PuebloPlex. "There's really a lot of great potential out here. It's like literally creating another city from scratch," Clarkson said.


The link: Repurposing land at U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot | News - Home
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:34 PM
 
Location: lakewood
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How is the containment being accomplished for the current mission?

the effectiveness of containment, and general condition of the tract's environment may impact development opportunities... Kind of like what occurred at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal/Rocky Flats facilities in Denver - they are both now wildlife refuges for the most part...
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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My understanding that is not a problem and why they are going ahead with the redevelopment process.
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Old 09-26-2020, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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As weapons destruction hits milestone, Pueblo depot's future unclear

https://gazette.com/military/tom-roe...7c813fe9d.html

"The Pueblo Chemical Depot used a phrase this month that’s seldom been used about the long-delayed effort to destroy America’s largest remaining stockpile of mustard gas: “Ahead of schedule.”

The depot completed the destruction of nearly 300,000 155 mm shells loaded with the chemical agent and workers are refitting the robotic plant to eliminate 105 mm shells. All of the shells are 1950s vintage weapons built in a crash program during the Cold War to counter Soviet chemical weapons.

“We proudly completed this campaign ahead of schedule and while implementing strict new protocols to keep our workforce safe amid the coronavirus pandemic,” Walton Levi, a chemical depot project manager, said in a statement.

Since the 1990s, the depot east of Pueblo has stored as many as 800,000 mustard gas shells. The mustard gas is banned by a 1993 chemical weapons treaty signed by the U.S. and 64 other countries. A deadline to the destroy the weapons was set for 2007 and extended to 2012 as the Pueblo shells sat in bunkers during years of wrangling over their fate.

The Pueblo plant to destroy the weapons uses robots to rip shells open, wash out the mustard gas and neutralize it. Destruction of the shells started in 2015, and leaders pledged they all would be gone by 2019. But the $5 billion program was beset by more problems, including a lengthy shutdown in 2016 that led to major revisions at the plant.

Now, with the last of the 155 mm shells destroyed, the biggest weapons the facility faced are gone, leaving lighter and easier to process shells ahead.

“As of Aug. 28, the destruction of 1,791.9 U.S. tons of mustard agent has been reported to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” the depot said in a news release.

Pueblo fought for years to keep the destruction of the weapons on-site, rather than having the work done at other Army chemical weapons destruction plants. Building and operating the plant has resulted in hundreds of jobs that have poured billions into the Pueblo economy.

But as the last shells are destroyed, the torrent of Army money that has flowed to the site will slow to a trickle. And closure of the depot, ordered by Congress in the 1980s, will finally take place.

Pueblo leaders have worked to find future uses of the place as an industrial park and have received tepid interest. On windswept land 14 miles east of Pueblo, the depot isn’t a property that would make a real estate agent swoon.

But the depot could find a future in its past.

The Army has periodically pondered using the depot to house units from nearby Fort Carson. And the Colorado National Guard has also shown some interest in the site for its missions.

The military’s footprint in Colorado is only growing, and land to house those missions is scarce.

If Pueblo works with the active-duty leaders in Colorado Springs and National Guard bosses in Denver, the 24,000-acre site could be a gold mine.

But the clock is ticking in Pueblo, with each shell destroyed bringing the depot closer to closure."
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Old 09-28-2020, 02:48 PM
 
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there was an entire town in NM that was sold to Homeland security to use a Research and Training area

Playas , NM


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Old 09-28-2020, 02:52 PM
 
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Typical of the Gazette to argue for more government cheese.... MIC welfare is certainly the type of government assistance that COS will always support.


Though additional training sites for Carson and the CONG would be beneficial, maybe it's time to brush off the idea of expanding Pinon Canyon and incorporating Pueblo as a large-scale MOUT site?
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Old 09-30-2020, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I would not be opposed to the gazett’s idea
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