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Fort Wainwright housing project aims to update barracks for soldiers families living on base

Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 4:45 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Soldiers at Fort Wainwright will soon have new and renovated homes to live in as a $52 million housing project is underway. The North Haven Communities, which are owned by Lendlease, are being updated for enlisted soldiers and officers.

Ron Johnson is the project director and says the focus of the project is to ensure that military families have safe and healthy homes.

They are constructing 32 units in eight new quadplexes that will house non-commissioned officers. Johnson said these homes will be finished starting next summer. He said they have been delayed some due to issues surrounding travel and supplies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the military owns the land that the homes are on, Johnson says, “As the owner of the homes we have to ensure that we continually renovate, demolish and build new homes so that we maintain the quality of life that is commensurate with the quality of service and sacrifice of our families.”

Aside from the new construction, Johnson says they are also renovating old officer homes. They have replaced the roofs on 58 homes and have renovated 38 of the 58 dwellings. Johnson says they are renovating homes as families move out so they don’t have to force anyone to move, adding those properties haven’t been updated since they were built.

“Those homes were built [in] 1990 by the army, prior to North Haven Communities, and the partnership with the army -- so they haven’t been touched since they were built. So this project is basically doing interior renovations where we are doing, appliances, cabinets, floors, doors, all that. So it is fairly extensive renovation,” Johnson said.

Officials expect the new construction to be finished next summer. The renovations will be completed as families move out of the homes and crews can begin work.

They will also be renovating around 90 homes in another neighborhood on post starting later this year. That project should is expected to take a few years to finish.

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