Thursday, May 23, 2002

Wright-Pat privatizes base housing

The Associated Press

        DAYTON, Ohio — Three private companies will take over the management of housing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, military officials said Wednesday.

        A bid by Wright Field Development Co. — a venture with Miller-Valentine Group and Woolpert LLP, both of Dayton, and the Hunt Building Corp. of El Paso, Texas — beat six other proposals.

        The Air Force will lease the land to the developer for the next 50 years and turn over ownership of the homes, streets and utilities.

        Col. Michael Hazen, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing, said the companies will spend $100 million on construction and renovation of housing over four years.

        “There is no way a single base could hope for anywhere near that in military construction funds to achieve the same purpose,” said Larry O'Grady, the base's privatization program manager. “The developers bring a whole wealth of different ideas, and they're capable of doing a lot more than we could do.”


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