Military marks housing milestone at joint base

HONOLULU (AP) - The military is marking a milestone in its quest for improved housing with the completion of 1,208 new homes and the renovation of 1,126 others at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the development is part of goal of more than $5 billion in new and renovated military homes within the state.

Hickam Communities now houses 2,400 airmen and their families and was finished at a cost of $820 million.

The Military Housing Privatization Initiative of 1996 was approved by Congress with the aim of building housing through the private sector faster than by traditional military construction.

Hickam Communities is affiliated with Australia-based Lend Lease Group. The company will manage the homes through 2057.

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