NEWS | Sept. 21, 2011

JB CHS welcomes Forest City privatized housing

By Steve Campbell, Housing Element chief

Forest City Military Communities will become the second privatized housing partner on Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Oct. 1, when it is slated to take ownership of JB CHS - AB housing units.

Balfour Beatty Communities manages the housing located at JB CHS - Weapons Station.

Forest City is no stranger to military housing privatization with a current portfolio of more than 13,800 housing units across the country to include Navy Hawaii, Pacific Northwest communities, Navy Midwest and the Air Force Academy.

Forest City plans include 335 new homes for JB CHS - AB residents with features that include: two car garages, a minimum of three bedrooms, hardy board finish as well as interior and exterior bulk storage. Demolition and construction will start almost immediately on the south side of Hill Blvd. The development period will last two to three years with the first new homes expected to be available in the summer of 2012.

The ground breaking ceremony has not been determined but Forest City will be holding social activities, community events and tenant meetings to keep occupants informed of their progress.

Current Air Base housing residents are required to enter into a lease with Forest City by Sept 30. to continue to occupy base housing. Residents are encouraged to contact Forest City at 552-0600 to make an appointment. More information as well as answers to frequently asked questions can be found at www.fcjbcharleston.com.

Family housing at the Weapons Station has been privatized for almost four years. Privatization partner, Balfour Beatty, has constructed and turned over 318 new homes to military family members with an additional 330 new or renovated units planned. Families living on the Weapons Station enjoy new housing, garages, landscaping that includes grass mowing and the many social events held by Balfour Beatty at the community center. For information about housing at the Weapons Station, contact Balfour Beatty at 797-5631 or visit their website at www.nwscharlestonhomes.com.

Additional information on both privatization deals may be obtained from the JB CHS 628th Civil Engineering Family Housing Office at 963-3858.