Navy housing regulations changing in Naples area
September 24, 2007
NAPLES, Italy — When the maintenance and face-lift projects no longer prove effective, it’s time to move out.
One of the off-base housing areas the U.S. Navy leases in the Naples area is aging and the landlord no longer can maintain it to meet Navy standards, Capt. Floyd Hehe, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Naples, said during a recent town hall meeting.
So base officials decided not to renew the leasing contract when it expires in 18 months, a decision which has had a trickle-down effect resulting in housing regulation shifts for other Navy-leased parcos — off-base housing areas.
In 18 months, the Navy will cease to use the townhouse-style units in Parco Artimide in Lago Patria, said Ellen Spirito, community housing director. Starting now, housing officials won’t move anyone there who has more than a year to serve in Naples.
“When it gets to be about six months before the lease expires, we are going to start moving people out, so it makes no sense to move them in if they have more than 12 months,” she said.
The overall housing policy mandates that sailors E-1 to E-5 who qualify for two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments — basically anyone with a dependent, and who does not have a dog or more than two cats — must live in on-base housing if it’s available. Officers and enlisted sailors E-6 and above do not have to.
Many residents in Naples choose to live either on base or in one of the government parcos for ease and security, Spirito said. The base housing at Gricigano does not allow dogs, and families who have dogs and more than two cats and want to live in government housing often select the government parcos, she said.
The 24 townhouse-styled units and the Parco Artimide complex itself are showing wear-and-tear, Spirito said. None of the maintenance projects pose any security or safety threats to the residents, she added.
Officials also are closing the 12 townhouse units of Parco Sole in Varcaturo because of flooding issues there, Spirito said.
The closure of the two parcos has resulted in eligibility regulation changes for the Parco Eva government housing area in Teverola, and the opening of a new parco for senior enlisted and senior officers.
Parco Eva now is open to enlisted families E-5 and up, and officers through O-4. Before, it had been open to those E-7 and up and up to O-6.
Senior enlisted and senior officers are moving into new Parco Le Ginestre, in the town of San Tammaro near Capua, about a 20- to 30-minute drive from the support site base, depending on traffic, Spirito said. The four-bedroom, 20-unit townhouse styled living there will be open for families E-8 and E-9, and O-5 and O-6.