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NEWS | March 21, 2012

Air Base housing update: community meeting scheduled April 3

By Airman 1st Class Tom Brading Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Officials from Forest City Military Communities are scheduled to host
a community meeting April 3 at 6 p.m. at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Theater to discuss the housing privatization contract.

Forest City Military Communities took ownership of base housing at JB Charleston - Air Base Oct 1, 2011. The construction project includes 355-unit new units at the Air Base.

"According to our schedule, construction is right where it needs to be," said Brandon Johnson, Forest City Military Communities senior project manager. "Hopefully everyone is excited to see the construction of the new homes on the Air Base. It's important to thank the community for being patient as the project continues to be constructed."

Privatized housing is a government-business agreement with major housing and development corporations to provide additional quality homes for military families. Projects typically involve renovation or replacement of outdated military family housing units.

Opening remarks are scheduled to be provided by Col. Richard McComb, JB Charleston commander as well as additional speakers from various aspects of the housing project. Housing representatives will also provide an open forum for questions.

"The summer is generally the busiest time of year to move and with the upcoming new homes, it will be even busier," said Troy Draughn, JB Charleston - Air Base director of housing. "It's important service members plan their move ahead of time. The sooner service members plan their moves, the better off they'll be."

Privatized housing is one of the various choices service members have for family housing at JB Charleston. Service members interested in living on base should contact the JB Charleston Housing Management Office at 963-3858 or Forest City Military Communities - Charleston at 552-0600 or visit the office located at 1258 Batson Drive, JB Charleston - Air Base.