Fort Carson Awards Housing Privatization Contract
National Guard Bureau
FORT CARSON, Colo., Jan. 3, 2000 Army officials signed a 50-year, multi-billion-dollar contract in November to privatize on- post family housing, here.
The Carson Family Housing, LLC, from Charlotte, N.C. won the contract after competing with several other companies located throughout the United States.
Officials estimate the project is worth $3 billion over the span of the contract.
The contract calls for the firm to renovate 1,823 housing units already located on Fort Carson and to build 840 new two-, three-, and four-bedroom units. The new housing will provide accommodations for a total of 2,663 military families to reside on Fort Carson. Installation officials said the new housing will improve the percentage of assigned soldiers that live on post from 17 to 27 percent, adding that is still below the Army average.
Under housing privatization, soldiers who live on post will receive Basic Allowance for Housing. The soldiers will then pay BAH to the contractor for the on-post housing.
In the Fort Carson agreement, utility meters will be placed on all military housing, however, the government will continue to pay for utilities.
The contractor will be responsible for the maintenance and management of the housing units, snow removal, pest control, common area grounds maintenance, refuse removal, and road and sidewalk repair and maintenance.
Renovations of the current houses -- some built more than 40 years ago -- include new kitchens and bath plumbing fixtures, new cabinets, paint and floor coverings, new interior trim, doors and hardware. The contractor will also install new light fixtures and wiring to current code, environmental hazard abatement, new appliances and individual metering for utilities. The contractor will landscape the area and perform ground drainage repairs. These renovations are required to be accomplished within the first five years of the contract.
Some optional renovations include minor exterior upgrades, additions of patios and decks, replacement and repair of carports, new additional parking, additional lawn sprinklers and placing utility lines underground.
The contractor will be responsible for building a housing administrative facility, community centers, playgrounds and green areas, youth centers and other community and recreation facilities integrated within the housing areas.
The 50-year Carson contract has a 25-year renewable option, officials said.
(Editor's note: from a Fort Carson news release.)