Saturday, October 07, 2006

Coast Guard to leave Groton?

Avery Point
Originally uploaded by eclectic echoes.
For as long as I can remember, the Coast Guard has had offices in Groton, Connecticut. Currently the R&D Center, the Ice Patrol, and the Marine Safety Lab are at Avery Point in Groton, located on UCONN's campus. Looks like the CG may be consolidating forces in New London, headed to Fort Trumbull where I served eons ago at Station New London.
The General Services Administration issued a request for proposals Thursday for the relocation of the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center from the University of Connecticut's Avery Point campus in Groton to New London.

The GSA request is a sole-source procurement –– a non-competitive process –– that specifically seeks to locate the R&D center to the Fort Trumbull peninsula in Building 2, an office building formerly part of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. The Coast Guard is interested in leasing 50,000 square feet of the 90,000-square-foot building for the R&D center for 15 years, New London Development Corp. President Michael Joplin said Friday.

The request for proposals indicates that the Coast Guard has targeted Building 2 for its new location, but it is not a commitment to locate there, Joplin said. The GSA would have to reach a lease agreement with developer Corcoran Jennison, which has a 98-year ground lease with the city for the property. The company must respond to the GSA request within a fixed period of time.
But Avery Point is so pretty...

I loved this... the mayor of New London has said the move "would be another win for the city's intellectual community."

New London? Intellectual community?

Did I miss something, somewhere?


1 comment:

  1. Say it ain't so! It would be a loss for both Avery Point and the CG!

    Wow, I really hope they don't leave. Then again considering the buildings they are currently in are WWII era and in need of some severe attention I could understand.

    There is a great working relationship though between many of our (UCONN Marine Sciences) researchers and the fine folks on the R&D and Ice Patrol teams. Each semester someone from the CG has come over to our building and given a very interesting seminar on their latest research and work. It's really been great. It's also been easy for CG personell both enlisted and officer stationed with the Ice Patrol and the R&D center to take classes in Oceanography since we are only one building away!

    New London...intellectual community???