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More than 60 RAF Alconbury homes are to be replaced or renovated as part of an estimated $13.1 million project slated to begin next spring, according to base officials.

Assessments are currently being carried out on 67 homes to decide what sort of construction is needed on each 50-year-old building.

"Once that assessment is done, we’ll determine which ones will be replaced," said Jon Ferrall, 423rd Civil Engineer Squadron’s deputy base civil engineer.

Ferrall figures at least 50 percent of the homes are to be rebuilt. The remainder will receive upgrades to heating and electrical systems, kitchen and bathroom, he said.

Base officials anticipate the project to take two years at maximum. During that time, a few families could be displaced to other homes on base, which has 209 dwellings.

"We can’t guarantee that that’s not going to happen," he said. "There will be a very minimal number of families affected."

Ferrall said the base will limit relocations by using natural attrition and not filling homes when they become vacant.

Construction work on both sets of homes will also provide energy efficiencies.

"We can expect to see a small reduction in our energy consumption," said Maj. Eric Hoversten, the squadron’s commander.

Mansell Construction Services Ltd. has been awarded the contract. The company is the main contractor of Liberty Village, a 606-home development on RAF Lakenheath.


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