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11/17/04

Fort Stewart Opens New Housing

When you talk about Army life, most of us think of tanks and rifles, not backyards and patios. But those things matter to soldiers at Fort Stewart, where the Army is building nearly 2,000 new homes for military families.

The houses are extremely nice. They are the first new homes on post in decades, and many more are on the way.

Crowds were all smiles for Fort Stewart's biggest open house in decades. Spec. Dorian Moore is a Third Infantry soldier whose wife, Treva, is the commander of their three children. She's thrilled about their new on-post housing.

"I've got cabinet space over here, cabinet space over here," she said, showing us the kitchen. "I love this island. This is my favorite part of the whole thing."

Their home is one of the dozens opening next week. The Army has teamed with private developers on 1,800 new homes and renovations to 1,500 more. Division commander Maj. Gen William Webster told us, "Col. Burch and I were kidding that some of the closets here are bigger than the bedrooms we had when we were lieutenants here."

Commanders say aging quarters shouldn't be a distraction to soldiers.

"My wife with three kids and me on the other side of the world...I don't need to worry about something like that," agreed Spec. Moore. "I need to focus on the task at hand."

Developers say this block is just a sample. Over the next year and a half, they'll open 30 new units every 30 days. Across the street from the ceremony, crews still worked to get other homes ready on time.

To the Moores, it all means the Army wants them to have a nice home, wherever home might be.

This construction is part of a 50-year housing plan at Fort Stewart and Hunter that will cost $1.9 billion. The first 30 families can start moving in bright and early Monday morning.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

 

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