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PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Work will start soon on building the first family housing complex slated for land set aside to expand Camp Humphreys, officials said Tuesday.

Plans call for construction of three family housing towers — two at 11 stories, one at 12 — with a total of 204 apartments.

Work on the $111 million project is expected to start in late August and be done by August 2011, said Robert H. McElroy, spokesman for the U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys.

Camp Humphreys is tripling in size and turning into what will be the U.S. military’s main installation in South Korea in coming years. The transformation is expected to cost nearly $13 billion.

The bulk of the new construction will go up on a vast tract that adjoins the existing post. Barracks are already under way on part of the new land.

But the new towers are the first family housing to be built on those lands, McElroy said. Three other family housing towers were built in recent years inside the existing installation, the last of them completed in July 2007.

"These new houses provide us brand new, state-of-the-art apartments for soldiers and families to live in when they come here," McElroy said.

Some apartments will have three bedrooms, others four and five, he said.

The apartments will be fully furnished, wired for phone, cable TV and Internet hook-up, and will have wood floors and cabinets.

"In the existing housing units, they found that wood cabinets stand up better with the changes in humidity here," McElroy said.

An underground garage will serve all three buildings with space for 285 vehicles, including 10 spaces for motorcycles.

The garage will also have storage space where tenants can keep additional property, he said.

Outdoors will be two playgrounds geared for youngsters, and a nearby gazebo with benches.

The new housing will also be near a child development center, elementary school and high school, all to be built over the next several years, McElroy said.

"It’s moving us just a little bit more into the future now," he said of the new housing construction.


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