Work started on South Korea housing units
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Work is under way on construction of a family housing complex that will feature three high-rise buildings, outdoor playgrounds and an underground parking garage, officials said Wednesday.
The $111 million project is set for completion in spring 2012 and will have 204 apartments.
It will help create housing for a growing number of soldiers and families at the post, whose existing 148 housing units are occupied and where new arrivals face a waiting list for on-post housing, officials said.
Camp Humphreys is being tripled in size and is slated in coming years to be the U.S. military’s flagship installation in South Korea. The overall transformation is expected to cost nearly $13 billion.
“It’s great news because these facilities are needed as our population grows,” Lori Yerdon, interim public affairs officer for U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys, said.
Two of the towers will be 11 stories, the other 12 stories, said Richard Fontanilla, resident engineer with the Pyeongtaek Resident Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Far East District.
Eighteen of the apartments will have five bedrooms and 2,447 square feet; 50 will be four-bedroom units at 2,168 square feet; and 136 will be three-bedroom units at 1,891 square feet, Fontanilla said.
All apartments will have wood floors and cabinets and will be fully furnished and wired for Internet and cable TV, officials said.
The underground parking garage will serve all three buildings and have storage space for personal property.
Plans also call for two outdoor playgrounds and a nearby gazebo with benches.
Near the new housing will be a child development center, elementary school and high school — still to be built over the next several years.
The complex is the first family housing to get under way on a tract that adjoins the existing facility. Three other housing towers were built inside the existing installation in recent years, the last of them finished in July 2007.
The Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd. is carrying out the work under contract with the Far East District.