New Navy Housing Debuts Ahead of Schedule

Jon Wallenstrom
Jon Wallenstrom
Rep. Neil Abercombie
Rep. Neil Abercombie

SALT LAKE (KHNL) -- Navy families have a new place to call "Home Sweet Home." Organizers of the Radford Terrace project held an open house Thursday morning, debuting more than 300 duplex units.

This neighborhood shouldn't be here, at least not yet. The Navy's Radford Terrace project is ten months ahead of schedule.

"It's remarkable and it's entirely due to the hard work and the great work of the Hawaii construction industry," said Jon Wallenstrom, vice-president of Forest City Military Communities Hawaii, the developer on the project.

Besides beautiful new homes, this community has amenities that are family-friendly.

"I drove through this, wanted to check things out last night, and I saw kids playing on the playgrounds, kids in the trees running around, and it was just great," said Wallenstrom.

Rep. Neil Abercombie, (D) Waipahu, Mililani, Pearl City, agrees, saying caring for families is as important as caring for the military.

"Yes, you recruit individuals, but you retain families," he said. "And I guarantee you that when families come into this housing, they're going to think this can't possibly be for us."

This project is a partnership between public and private sectors, to serve our troops and their families.

"So when the people are deployed overseas as a result of the policies of our nation, they can be confident and sure that their families are in safe neighborhoods," said Rep. Abercrombie.

The project started in 2004, and was built in four separate phases. The final phase was completed last month.