Plans to privatize Cannon housing delayed

Posted at: 12/17/2012 7:31 AM
By: The Associated Press

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A plan to privatize housing at Cannon Air Force Base will be delayed but officials expect the 50-year deal to update and add housing won't interfere with growth at the Clovis base.

Base spokesman Capt. Laurence van der Oord tells the Clovis News Journal construction of 677 new homes and renovations on another 361 homes should begin next summer instead of next month. The housing plan would also see 401 existing homes demolished.

Van der Oord says military and civilian staff at the base should reach about 5,700 by October. Cannon has seen major growth since the 27th Special Operations Wing made the base its home in 2007.

Balfour Beatty Communities won a $470 million contract to build and renovate housing at six Midwest bases in 2011.

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