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Buckley Annex

Buckley Annex is located on the west side of the former Lowry Air Force Base

 

Buckley Annex is approximately 76 acres in the western portion of the former Lowry Air Force Base, situated within the Denver metropolitan area, Denver County, Colorado, and approximately 10 miles west of Buckley Air Force Base.

From 1937 through 1966, the bulk of the Buckley Annex property was a runway apron used for aircraft parking and maintenance. During airfield operations, the southern half of the property was undeveloped and vacant. Other historic uses of the property included equipment storage and administrative activities.

 

Between 1968 and 1976, after the airfield operations ceased, the runway apron was decommissioned and most of the buildings north of the runway apron demolished. In 1975 and 1976, Building 444 and several smaller associated buildings (407, 409, 445, 446, and 449) were constructed. During construction activities, Runway Number 1 was converted into a roadway (Archer Place), while the main area of the runway apron was converted into an employee parking lot, access roadway, and landscaped areas. The western end of the runway apron was converted into tennis and basketball courts.

 

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) began operation at Lowry Air Force Base in 1976.  When Lowry Air Force Base closed in 1994, most of the Base was transferred to the Lowry Economic Development Authority, also know as the Lowry Redevelopment Authority (LRA). The Buckley Annex parcel remained in Air Force control as the Defense Finance and Accounting Service facility and assigned to Buckley Air Force Base for management purposes. Buckley Annex was added to the Base Realignment and Closure 2005 list as part of a Department of Defense effort to consolidate Defense Finance and Accounting Service functions around the country, and is currently in the transition process.  The Air Force anticipates closing the facility in 2011.

 

 

In 2003, following a series of discoveries of previously unknown contamination on the closed portion of the base, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a RCRA Compliance Order for the entire Lowry Air Force Base property, including the Buckley Annex parcel. This Order included all historical boundaries of the base and required the Air Force to complete a thorough RCRA Facility Assessment.

Buckley Annex Map

 

In July 2000, the Air Force conducted a Preliminary Assessment / Site Investigation (PA / SI) at the Buckley Annex property. The investigation identified eight areas of potential concern:

 

 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment continues to have concerns with some of these locations.

 

 

The investigation included five types of environmental concerns:

Documents related to activities at Buckley Annex can be found at:

 

 

In addition, documents can be reviewed at:

 

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division Records Center
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246
303-692-3331  Appointment Required

 

U.S. Air Force

Robert Lopez
HQ AFCEE/BC - Project Manager for confirmation sampling and Building 409 oil/water separator removal
210-536-6545

 

Valerie Stacey
Air Force Reserve Command
478-497-1070

 

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Lee Pivonka
State Remedial Project Manager
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246-1530
303-692-3453
lee.pivonka@state.co.us

 

Warren Smith
State Community Involvement Coordinator
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246-1530
303-692-3373
warren.smith@state.co.us