Hill AFB completes enormous housing project

Sep 15 2011 - 11:51pm

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(ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner) Louenda Downs (in red) laughs along with Mike Gill (center) and Mark Pace (second from left) at the Welcome Center on Hill Air Force Base on Thursday after the completion of 1,013 housing units.
(ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner) Cindy Vigil, chief of protocol for the Air Logistics Center, holds an oversize pair of scissors as she talks with State Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton.
(ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner) Louenda Downs (in red) laughs along with Mike Gill (center) and Mark Pace (second from left) at the Welcome Center on Hill Air Force Base on Thursday after the completion of 1,013 housing units.
(ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner) Cindy Vigil, chief of protocol for the Air Logistics Center, holds an oversize pair of scissors as she talks with State Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- Home sweet home. A massive project to improve housing at Hill Air Force Base is now complete.

In September 2005, the Air Force entered into a 50-year housing privatization contract with Boyer Hill to replace a large cluster of outdated homes on the base's west side.

Since the 2005 contract, Boyer Hill has completed 1,013 either newly constructed or remodeled housing units.

Throughout the course of the project, 576 homes have been renovated and 437 homes have been constructed. Also, 21 historic properties on the base have been renovated.

"This is a huge milestone for Hill Air Force Base," said Col. Thomas Laffey, director of Air Force housing privatization. "This really makes a huge difference in the quality of life for our families."

The new homes feature increased square footage, enclosed two-car garages, central air, modern floor plans and fully automated sprinkler systems.

The renovated homes include central air, enclosed one-car garages, updated sprinkler systems and other updated features.

Boyer Hill President Mark Pace said the entire housing project cost $105 million.

"This project will provide military families at Hill Air Force Base quality housing to choose from for years to come," Pace said.

Boyer Hill, a subsidiary of Salt Lake City-based developer The Boyer Company, will provide the financing, design, construction and property management of the homes for 50 years. After that, the Air Force will take over ownership of the homes.

In March, base and Boyer Hill officials demolished the last of two remaining vintage 1960s homes at 3210 Liberty St., in the base's Capehart housing area.

Once the staple of on-base housing, the old units had become outdated and functionally obsolete, with few of the modern amenities most homes of today include.

An Air Force contractor built the old housing units on base in the mid-1960s, said Harry Briesmaster, 75th Civil Engineer Group director.

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