Base Housing Privatization Town Hall Meetings to be Held
By Alicia Garges , SMC Public Affairs
/ Published July 19, 2007
Los Angeles Air Force Base -- Two town hall meetings are scheduled for July 26 to discuss signing leases for on-base housing units. The meetings will be held 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Daedalian Room, Bldg. 270 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fort MacArthur Community Center.
The deadline to sign a lease is Aug. 1. Current base housing residents who have not yet signed a lease can do so at the scheduled town hall meetings. Leases can also be signed at information booths that will be set up in Bldg. 272, July 23, noon to 3 p.m. at The Club, July 24, noon to 3 p.m., or at the Housing Office during normal duties hours and during extended hours, Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Residents choosing to move off base must schedule an appointment with the Housing Office to formally document their intent to move by Aug. 1.
Air Force Space Command announced March 13 that Actus Lend Lease Company was selected for the project.
Under housing privatization, the Air Force provides a 50-year lease of the property and conveys the existing infrastructure to Actus. The company then maintains and renovates existing housing or constructs new military housing. Los Angeles AFB is expected to receive upgrades to 560 units within six years as a result of privatization. At some future date, all housing, with the exception of the historical housing, will be demolished and completely re-built. In addition to housing units, Actus' future plans include building a new housing office and resident community center in Pacific Heights, mini-storage units for resident use, free neighborhood-wide wireless Internet access, new and upgraded recreation areas and neighborhood trail systems.
"Through this project we are able to provide better homes to our military families at a much quicker pace than traditional military construction would allow and at a much lower up-front cost," said AFSPC's Command Chief Master Sgt. Michael T. Sullivan.
Military families will enjoy more amenities than typically provided in military family housing. Affordability is preserved as rent will be based on the military member's housing allowance, said Terry Seaman, AFSPC Housing Privatization Program manager.
Housing privatization is scheduled to begin here, Aug. 31.