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State Department nixes foreign affairs facility on Eastern Shore
Washington Business Journal - by Sarah Krouse - Monday, June 28, 2010

The State Department has abandoned plans for a Foreign Affairs Security Training Center at the Hunt Ray/Crismer Farm site on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, reopening its site selection process in the wake of fierce opposition from nearby residents.

The 1,250-acre center would have turned a rural stretch of Centreville in Queen Anne's County into a hands-on training facility including a mock urban simulation area, firing ranges, driving tracks and an explosives testing area as well as classroom and office space.

At a February meeting about the project, community members expressed major concerns over the noise, location and impact of the development. Ellyn Goldkind, project architect for the project, said in May the department had faced more opposition than anticipated, but was moving forward with an environmental survey.

“After further analysis, the Department of State and General Services Administration have determined that the Hunt Ray/Crismer Farm in Queen Anne’s County will no longer be considered for the proposed Department of State Foreign Affairs Security Training Center. Department of State and GSA remain committed to a robust and transparent public engagement process and value the input from the citizens of Queen Anne’s County and the leadership of both Federal and local representatives on behalf of the community throughout this process,” the State Department and General Services Administration said, in a statement Monday.

The facility is intended to consolidate diplomatic training currently conducted at 19 facilities nationwide. The Queen Anne’s site was selected in part for its proximity to the District and the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington — about 150 miles away — where classroom training in language studies, management and information technology takes place.

“Department of State and GSA are actively engaged in a site selection process and look forward to opening this essential national security facility and being good neighbors,” the statement said.

The two government agencies would have spent $70 million in stimulus funds to buy the Queen Anne’s County site and were working with D.C.-based architects Karn Charuhas Chapman & Twohey PC on the master planning.

The massive site would have hosted about 10,00 students per year and would have taken three to five years to build.

skrouse@bizjournals.com

 http://washington.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2010/06/28/daily10.html
 
 

Be sure to read this from American Farmer regarding the real reasons for the FASTC nixing.

View the Letter from the GAS to Senater Mululski
 



Personal comment from "Jack": The Federal Government has pulled the plug on the controversial FASTC Project proposed for Ruthsburg.  The message below speaks for itself.  Citizens standing up can make a difference.  Jack

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FASTC PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT

The following announcement was released via email by Ms. Gina Gilliam of GSA (gina.gilliam@gsa.gov on behalf of FASTC Project Team 

(FASTC.info@GSA.GOV))

at 3:05 PM, Monday, June 28, 2010 

Subject: FASTC Project Announcement

After further analysis, the Department of State (DoS) and General Services Administration (GSA) have determined that the Hunt Ray/Crismer Farm in Queen Anne’s County will no longer be considered for the proposed DoS Foreign Affairs Security Training Center. DoS and GSA remain committed to a robust and transparent public engagement process and value the input from the citizens of Queen Anne’s County and the leadership of both Federal and local representatives on behalf of the community throughout this process.

As DoS increases its workforce and presence in unstable regions of the world, the need for a consolidated training center for DoS' Bureau of Diplomatic Security is even more important to ensure the safety and security of our civilian employees and partners. DoS and GSA are actively engaged in a site selection process and look forward to opening this essential national security facility and being good neighbors. 

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