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Ground is prepared for construction of a new middle school and 116 units of multi-family housing near Vincent and Fairchild Avenues on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.

Ground is prepared for construction of a new middle school and 116 units of multi-family housing near Vincent and Fairchild Avenues on Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. (Erik Slavin / S&S)

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — A new middle school and several multifamily homes will replace the houses demolished along Vincent and Fairchild avenues, Kadena officials said.

Workers have demolished 68 single-family homes in the residential area. The houses will be replaced with 116 new units of mostly four- and six-plex housing, said Andrew Cross, 718th Civil Engineering Squadron deputy.

The housing could take as little as one year to build, officials say.

“Once the (demolished) houses come out of the ground, they move quickly” on the new housing, he said.

The residences should be comparable to the Sado Housing area near the Camp Foster post exchange, Cross said.

The new school will relieve crowding at Lester and Kadena middle schools, said Bruce McFarland, facilities program engineer.

The currently planned Okinawa Middle School will have an 850-student capacity, larger than Kadena Middle School’s capacity of 600 students. It will include a V-shaped, two-story building for classrooms and a one-story multipurpose activity wing.

The school’s athletic facilities are slated to include fields for football, softball and soccer. It also will have a 400-meter track and a 25-meter pool.

It may be possible for Kadena High School to hold night football games at the new school, said Ron Sharik, chief of staff for Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Okinawa.

No nighttime construction is scheduled for either the schools or the housing. The school is on target to open for the 2007-08 school year, officials said.

The approximately $45 million project is being financed by the Japanese government, officials said.


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