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Military housing project marks milestone

By William Cole


The latest milestone in the plan to create more than $5 billion in new and renovated military homes in Hawaii is being recognized today with the completion of 1,208 new homes and renovation of 1,126 existing homes by Hickam Communities at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The $820 million Hickam Communities is now home to more than 2,400 airmen and their families. The developer, part of the Australia-based Lend Lease Group, will continue to manage and maintain the Air Force homes through 2057. 

Congress established the Military Housing Privatization Initiative in 1996 to attract private-sector financing and expertise that could provide housing faster than traditional military construction processes would allow.

The result has been a dramatic turn-around in the condition of military family homes in Hawaii and elsewhere.

“Our partnership with Hickam Communities has been a great source of pride for us when it comes to our families,” Col. David Kirkendall, the joint base’s deputy commander, said in a release.

Kirkendall said the Hickam Communities staff understands the unique challenges of working with military families.

Lend Lease, through Hickam Communities, said it installed rooftop photovoltaic systems capable of generating up to 4 megawatts of power, enough to offset carbon dioxide emissions over its lifetime equivalent to taking close to 23,000 cars off the road for a year.

Military families pay their full housing allowance to Hickam Communities for the housing.

Lend Lease said Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who pushed for the passage of the housing privatization law when he was in Congress, will take part in a commemoration ceremony today wed/ Nov. 13  at Hickam.

Lend Lease’s $2.575 billion Army housing renovation through Island Palm Communities is the largest Military Housing Privatization Initiative award by the Defense Department, the developer said. That project includes the construction and renovation of 7,756 homes.

More than $1.6 billion in contracts have been awarded so far on the work that will run through 2020, Lend Lease said.

Separately, Forest City Military Communities is building 3,085 new and renovated Navy and Marine Corps family homes in Hawaii as part of a more than $1.7 billion effort.

The projects have buoyed the construction trades, generating a lot of work on Oahu.

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Bdpapa wrote:
Nice houses and good project. Wish they would build more and let all military stay on base. It will keep rents more affordable and provide more rental space for the people of Hawaii.
on November 13,2013 | 04:27AM
LanaUlulani wrote:
What about housing for Hawaiians. Legally binding agreements exist and are being breached. Sadly some Hawaiians wait for a lifetime while others get preferential treatment. Equal rights for ALL per Fair Housing Laws.
on November 13,2013 | 05:39AM
localguy wrote:
You can blame acutely dysfunctional DHHL for all those lifetime waits. If they were competent and really cared about the people, there would not be a problem.
on November 13,2013 | 05:11PM
HD36 wrote:
Too bad they didn't hire local companies for this $5 billion dollar project. Lend Leasing group is such a large multinational company they have a solar subsidiary and a health care subsidiary that will make billions off Obamacare too. Perhaps they were awarded the contract because Australia let us set up a military base in their country. I'm not sure but the money is going to flow out of this country. The tax payer is on the hook again. The funny thing is they count the $5 billion as GDP to perpetuate the economic recovery propoganda. When Janet Yellen takes over the helm at the Federal Reserve don't expect a taper in the $85 billion a month government paper buying experiment. Expect an increase to $100 billion as the dollar's status as the world's reserve currency begins to wane from Petro Dollar interferency from China.
on November 13,2013 | 08:01AM
localguy wrote:
It was an open bid process. Best bid won.
on November 13,2013 | 05:12PM
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