David Taylor Timeline
The Capital, Published December 13, 2007
1903: About 46 acres across the water from the Naval Academy is converted to the Naval Engineer Experiment Station and Testing Laboratory at Annapolis. The station evolved into what was known locally as the David Taylor Research Center, with more than 80 buildings where the Navy tested submarines and hosted some of the military's top research. 1960s: Joint Spectrum Center moves to David Taylor. As an installation of the Department of Defense, Joint Spectrum researches how to use the electromagnetic spectrum to protect national security and help the military.
1980s: Activity peaks at David Taylor, with 1,400 jobs plus an array of related government contracts pumping $100 million a year into Anne Arundel's economy.
1990-1995: Supported by recommendations from the Defense Department, Congress votes to relocate most of the work at David Taylor as part of the Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, process, spelling the end of the installation. Joint Spectrum was not relocated.
2000: Anne Arundel County applies to have David Taylor transferred from the Navy to Annapolis Partners, beginning a four-year process to agree on what will be there. The application included a promise to give Joint Spectrum a home and estimated development would take more than 15 years.
2002: In June, Annapolis Partners signs a bundle of documents to transfer the land. A redevelopment agreement with the county limits what can be done at David Taylor. Annapolis Partners signs a 25-year, rent-free lease with Joint Spectrum.
2004: County officials sign off on final building plans for six office buildings, a three-story, 100-room David Taylor Inn and a pedestrian walkway near the water.
2005: Military officials consider moving Joint Spectrum to Fort George G. Meade during a BRAC round that consolidated the headquarters of the center's parent organization, the Defense Systems Information Agency. In a final report, the Defense Department said officials "erroneously" left Joint Spectrum off the list of agencies to be moved to Fort Meade.
2007: Annapolis Partners lobbies congressman to intervene to move Joint Spectrum, saying the project can not secure financing if the organization stays. DISA puts a $27 million price tag on moving Joint Spectrum because the sensitive research requires a specially reinforced building.
(Revised Dec 2007)