Former Buckley Annex
Published June 19, 2013
Buckley Annex, Colo., was carved out of the former Lowry Air Force Base, Colo., to support the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and the Air Reserve Personnel Center when Lowry closed in 1994.
The annex was selected for closure in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure decision, and officially closed in September 2011. Buckley Annex is one of 40 former installations managed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center in San Antonio, Texas.
AFCEC worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to ensure environmental cleanup activities satisfied all regulatory standards while protecting human health and the environment. AFCEC completed oil-water separator removals, groundwater sampling and well abandonment activities at the former installation to ease regulatory concerns and facilitate redevelopment. There is a potential for discovering unknown contaminants as redevelopment proceeds, but any environmental cleanup is anticipated to be minimal.
AFCEC transferred the full 70 acres of land to the Lowry Economic Redevelopment Authority during a ceremony May 31, 2012. Today LERA is working to incorporate the former Buckley Annex into an already successful sustainable, mixed-use community built on the former Lowry AFB. The Lowry community includes more than 4,500 homes and 9,500 residents.
Under the terms of the Economic Development Conveyance of the property, the Air Force and its partners will continue to work together toward the successful redevelopment of the Buckley Annex property for the benefit of the community.