Military Housing and Installations Redevelopment

  • Holland & Knight’s Military Housing and Installations Redevelopment Team provides a wide range of legal services related to the transformation and reuse of military bases. Our attorneys draw from all the necessary legal disciplines within the firm – such as real estate, tax, litigation, corporate, public finance, securities, construction, environmental and government – to help our clients successfully meet the unique challenges of reusing or privatizing all or a portion of a military base.
  • Our team structures sophisticated transactions and navigates the associated political and public relations hurdles for clients.
  • We offer specialized legal services in areas such as Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Enhanced Use Leasing (EUL).

Balancing the challenges and opportunities of military base reuse and privatization projects calls for specific industry knowledge, transactional prowess and relationships with key decision-makers. Our Military Installations Redevelopment Team applies its acumen and experience to effectively assist you in achieving your redevelopment objectives.

Counsel for the Full Scope of Clients and Redevelopment Opportunities

Public and private sector clients alike rely on our highly experienced lawyers and policy professionals who provide a wide range of services in the transformation and reuse of military bases. We help to structure sophisticated transactions, as well navigate the inherent political and public relations hurdles, in the following areas:

  • Military Housing Privatization – for over a decade we have supported the Department of Defense (DoD), each of the individual military services and their financial and real estate advisors, and represented developers, lenders/underwriters, bond insurers and others, in Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) projects and transactions, from solicitation to evaluation to negotiation to closing and beyond.
  • Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) – we assist public and private sector clients in the successful transformation and reuse of military bases, from aiding in the formation and operation of Local Reuse Authorities (LRAs) to providing local, state and federal policy and appropriations assistance to selection and implementation of project plans.
  • Enhanced Use Leasing (EUL) – we help clients as they pursue and are selected for real estate developments at underutilized land on military installations under this DoD private/public partnership program

Demonstrated Industry Leadership

Our leadership in the complex and evolving field of military installations redevelopment and privatization is exemplified by broad representation and landmark case involvement:

  • Military Housing Privatization - Our lawyers have represented clients in closing several dozen projects all across the country involving more than 30,000 housing units and tens of billions of dollars in total development costs. Those projects include the first MHPI projects for the Army (Fort Carson), Navy/Marine Corps (Camp Pendleton) and Air Force (Lackland AFB), and more recent projects such as Fort Benning, the multi-phased Navy and Marine Hawaii project, and the Air Force's Tri-Group project. We are involved with the newest developments in military housing such as the unaccompanied housing project at Fort Bragg and the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL).
  • Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) - We have supported over 20 BRAC projects across several BRAC rounds, including what we believe to be the first Environmental Services Cooperative Agreement with a private party (rather than a governmental entity) pursuant to authority contained in the 2006 Defense Reauthorization Act.
  • Enhanced Use Leasing (EUL) - Our clients are involved in diverse enhanced use leasing developments, including what we believe to be the Army's first multiphased EUL project involving a 300-acre project on the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, and one of the first EUL projects for the Air Force at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque.

Uniting Resources for a Comprehensive Team Approach

Complex projects involve complex problems and require creative collective solutions. We operate as integrated teams from our offices throughout the United States, bringing together all the necessary legal disciplines – such as real estate, tax, litigation, corporate, public finance, securities, construction, environmental and government -- to make our clients successful in meeting the unique challenges of reusing or privatizing all or a portion of a military base.