News: New home construction to improve life for Cherry Point-based families
Story by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Atlantic Marine Corps Communities houses more than 350 families in the Nugent Cove housing area aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and over the last few years it has been working to improve the lives for Marines and their families with the construction of 197 new homes.
The new residences range from three and four bedroom, single and two story reconfigurable handicap accessible homes. In addition, new features include solar hot water tanks, fenced in backyards and spacious living and storage areas.
“Our goal is to provide a better quality of life for military service members and their families,” said Dixie Lanier-Johnson, director of marketing for AMCC. “We do what we can to make this air station a better place for families to live.”
These new homes will better the lives of not only the Marines and sailors but their families as well, said Col. Philip J. Zimmerman, MCAS Cherry Point’s commanding officer.
“We can’t just build a home for a service member who is fit for duty,” he said. “Some families need a home that has wheelchair access, and there is always a chance that a Marine’s healthy one day, then the next, comes home from a deployment and is in need of a wheelchair.”
Another substantial upgrade to the homes is their permanence.
“These are built to withstand the heavy winds of hurricanes,” said Zimmerman. “The contractors and AMCC have put a lot of thought into making these homes safe.”
All of the homes are estimated to be completed by spring of next year, said Lanier-Johnson.