Navy begins construction of new homes
Sunday March 30, 2008
By Zita Y. Taitano
Variety News Staff
IN keeping its commitment to provide a quality lifestyle for its sailors and their families, the U.S. Navy on Friday held a groundbreaking ceremony to build 55 homes at the Old Apra housing complex in Santa Rita.
The three-bedroom and four-bedroom units will replace the current homes that were built in the 1950s and 1960s.
Overseeing the $42.1 million project is Black Construction Corporation. According to the company's senior vice president, Leonard K. Kaae, the housing upgrade is a good move for the Navy.
"Certainly it's a positive step on behalf of the Navy to demolish these (homes) and replace them with new homes as a result of their age. This will also improve the quality of life," Kaae said.
Naval Base Guam Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Galbreath said the reconstruction of the homes at the complex was necessary.
"So many were damaged by years of earthquakes and typhoons," Galbreath said.
The new homes have air-conditioning units that are energy efficient, covered patios, private fencing and additional storage spaces, among other features. The housing area will also include playgrounds, jogging and bike trails, and a picnic area.
Meanwhile, the project, which is in phase I, is scheduled to be completed by May or June of 2009. The second phase will include the reconstruction of about 73 homes at Old Apra and has yet to be awarded to a contractor.