HONOLULU — The military is marking a milestone in its quest for improved Hawaii personnel housing with the completion of 1,208 new homes and the renovation of 1,126 others at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The housing upgrades are part of goal of more than $5 billion in new and renovated military homes within the state, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1gKtNXt ) reported.
The $820 million Hickam Communities development, part of the Australia-based Lend Lease Group, houses 2,400 airmen and their families. Hickam Communities will manage the homes through 2057.
The Military Housing Privatization Initiative of 1996 was approved by Congress with the aim of building housing through the private sector faster than by traditional military construction.
The Department of Defense awarded Lend Lease nearly $2.6 billion for Army housing renovation through Island Palm Communities, the largest Military Housing Privatization Initiative contract awarded, according to the developer. The contract covers construction and renovation of 7,756 homes. More than $1.6 billion in contracts have been awarded, according to the company.
"Our partnership with Hickam Communities has been a great source of pride for us when it comes to our families," said Col. David Kirkendall, the joint base deputy commander, in a prepared statement.
Military families pay their allowance to Hickam Communities for homes. The developer built the homes with photovoltaic systems on rooftops that can generate up to 4 megawatts of power.
Forest City Military Communities is working on another 3,085 new and renovated Navy and Marine Corps family homes in Hawaii as part of a deal exceeding $1.7 billion.
Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com