Inside the Gates: Fort Wainwright to receive share of $1.1 billion to improve housing for soldiers

Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 9:43 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Work started last September on over two dozen homes for soldiers at Fort Wainwright and their families.

“Those homes were built in 1990 by the Army, prior to North Haven Communities, and the partnership with the Army,” said Ron Johnson, project manager for North Haven Communities, which operates housing on the post. “They haven’t been touched since they were built.”

Not all of the homes will be new; some are renovations.

“So this project is basically doing interior renovations where we are doing, appliances, cabinets, floors, doors, all that,” Johnson said. “So it is fairly extensive renovation.”

The project will cost $52 million and there will soon be more money for housing. The post is one of six Army installations that will share $1.1 billion.

The Army has not said how much will go to Fort Wainwright. What is known is the money will be used to build more than 1,200 new homes at the various installations and renovate 12,000 others.

“As the owner of the homes, we have to ensure that we continually renovate, demolish and build new homes so that we maintain the quality of life that’s commensurate with the quality of service and sacrifice of our families,” Johnson said.

It also gives the soldiers one less thing to worry about while they help defend the country. The homes being worked on at Fort Wainwright are expected to be finished this summer.

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