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Housing privatization delayed

By Staff Sgt. Vincent Borden | 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Office | March 8, 2007

Lackland Air Force Base, Texas — The first phase of housing privatization initially set to begin March 1 on Lackland AFB has been postponed indefinitely due to unforeseen issues.

Airman Scott Village and Zachry Housing were the first base housing units scheduled to be conveyed to the Realm Group, Lackland's housing unit developer, in the first phase of privatization.

Until the issues are resolved, residents of Airman Scott Village and Zachry Housing will continue to have their units maintained via the existing housing maintenance contact managed by civil engineering.

Signed leases scheduled to go into effect with phase one of the conveyance will be suspended until issues are resolved, although no re-signing of paperwork will be necessary.

Civil engineering will still continue with the plan to vacate all residents out of North Wherry, however, to allow new units to be constructed sooner on the site once privatization occurs.

"We have the capacity to house residents vacating North Wherry into other areas of base housing," said Deputy Civil Engineer John Heye, "We are continuing our plans for conveyance, including the repairs out at Capehart.

"We just don't have a firm timetable as to when everything will be complete," Mr. Heye added.

Base housing residents had the choice to either sign leases with the developer and remain in base housing, or move off base into the local area at government expense.

In light of recent delays and uncertainty of a new conveyance date, residents will have the opportunity to revisit their decision once a conveyance date is established.

Continuing to offer base housing residents the opportunity to move off base at government expense is an option still being considered.

The original privatization plan was scheduled to have new units in place in 2008. The current delay pushes this back for an unknown period of time, pending the resolution of present issues.

For more information on the housing conveying delays, call 671-1497 or e-mail 37ces.housingpriv@lackland.af.mil.