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April 21, 2018 at 3:12am

Renovations underway in JBLM neighborhoods

JBLM Directorate of Public Works The Evergreen neighborhood on Joint Base Lewis-McChord is one of several housing areas currently receiving capital improvements.

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Many neighborhoods on Joint Base Lewis-McChord are in the process of seeing capital improvements and renovations projects underway and starting, thanks to Lewis-McChord Communities, under Lincoln Military Housing.

According to Nancy Barnes, chief of the Residential Communities Initiative with the JBLM Directorate of Public Works, input from on-base housing surveys was the inspiration for recent and ongoing rehab, cosmetic and functional projects.

“We want our military families to be safe and happy with their homes, and we take into consideration the desires of the families through yearly Headquarters, Department of the Army surveys,” she said. “We see what they’d like and see what we can do. We heard loud and clear they wanted fences.”

That’s why the 65 homes in McChord Field’s Cascade Village neighborhood, built five years ago with no fences, received new cedar fencing in backyards this month. That project was divided into three phases. The project is scheduled to be completed by the last week of May.

Another survey-prompted project is air conditioning for 89 town homes in the Town Center neighborhoods on Lewis Main. That project began March 28 and is expected to be completed by May 31.

One of the largest projects that began in February and will conclude within the next two years is on the historic Bricks neighborhood of McChord Field. Work on the first home in that area is expected to be finished in time for an open house May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at 602-B Eighth St.

The reason that project has taken longer than some of the others, besides the massive scope of the endeavor, is because of necessary approval from the State Historic Preservation office, Barnes said.

No work had been done on those homes in about 25 years, so the houses are getting complete renovations, she said. In addition to new windows, cabinets, appliances and flooring, the homes are receiving enhanced, energy efficient lighting and quartz countertops.

Work began Monday on 75 units in the Carter Lake neighborhood, where exterior pressure washing and painting began.

In the Parkway, Evergreen, Greenwood and Hillside areas, some homes are getting new windows and doors, as well as upgraded flooring. Most involve landscape projects, including irrigation in the flowerbeds in front of homes. Those homes are all expected to be completed sometime in 2019.

Homes in the Broadmoor neighborhood on Lewis Main are getting outside home renovations, sidewalks and road work. The new sidewalks are due to current trip hazards, such as tree roots growing up through the sidewalks. Driveways also are being widened in the back homes.

The Broadmoor sidewalk and road projects began in March and are expected to be done by the end of April. Some homes in the Broadmoor neighborhood also will be getting pressure washed (wet sanding) and paint. That work began in March and is expected to be completed by the end of July.

All of the neighborhood projects on base are occupied homes, except in the Bricks area. Advance notice was given to residents, as well as special instructions on what needed to be removed outdoors — such as pets, outdoor debris and hanging baskets — in order for the projects to be completed, Barnes said.

Work also is being done on weekdays, so as not to interfere with families on weekends, she said.

Residents looking to see future projects on or around their homes should be sure and complete the current Headquarters, Department of the Army Resident Annual On Base Housing Survey.

Information provided guides future projects and shows needs of the various communities. The housing survey will be emailed to all JBLM residents beginning Thursday. Residents have until May 25 to complete and return their survey.

Base housing residents are asked to contact their district office to be sure their information is current so they can be entered in the weekly drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card. One survey grand prize winner will receive a month of free rent.

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