What is BRAC?
BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) is the congressionally authorized process by which the Department of Defense (DoD) periodically reorganizes its military base structure to more efficiently and effectively support the armed forces, increase operational readiness, and facilitate new ways of doing business. In 2005, the BRAC process mandated the move of many DoD offices from leased office space to secure sites that could meet DoD's high anti-terrorism security standards.
BRAC-133 is the numerical designation given to Alexandria's Mark Center, the new planned location for the Washington Headquarters Service (WHS), and a number of other DoD agencies. The facility, now owned and currently under construction by the federal government, while technically part of Fort Belvoir, is on Mark Center property located at the intersection of Seminary Road and Beauregard Street at the I-395 interchange.
How Does BRAC-133 Affect the City of Alexandria?
BRAC-133 will bring 6,400 new jobs to Alexandria when it is completed in September 2011. The new buildings will be one of the most visible landmarks on the City's West End. However, BRAC-133 is not subject to the local land use regulation so the City does not have any authority over plans for the site. However, DoD has worked with the City and has agreed to substantial improvements in building architecture. Additionally, growth of this magnitude will bring complex transportation issues that will affect businesses, residents, and other commuters in the area. The City is aware of these challenges, and planning efforts towards implementing High Capacity Transit Corridors and Beauregard Corridor improvements are currently underway. City leaders, staff, and the BRAC-133 Advisory Group have been working, and continue to work with our state and federal partners on solutions.
- At the urging of residents of Alexandria, City staff prepared an after the fact alanysis of the costs and benefits of the development of the BRAC facility at the mark Center. To see that document, follow this link: Cost Benefit Analysis .
BRAC-133 Update to City Council: