New Helemano homes readied for Soldiers, families
April 5, 2013
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (April 5, 2013) -- Moving trucks began rolling into Helemano Military Reservation, last month, delivering household goods to nearly two dozen families moving into the first new homes constructed in Island Palm Communities' (IPC) Helemano community.
Families settling into their new homes will begin welcoming more than a hundred new neighbors moving into the community as new homes are completed through September.
"Helemano's location on the plains above Wahiawa provides our families with beautiful views of the North Shore and offers them an option for quieter on-post living," said Col. Daniel Whitney, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. "Our partner, Island Palm Communities, has also completed extensive renovations to nearly all existing homes in Helemano, creating a quality living environment that meets our families' needs."
Renovations are based upon need of each individual unit, but generally include items such as installing split air conditioning systems and new flooring, replacing tubs and light fixtures, installing ceiling fans, and replacing kitchen countertops and appliances.
Planned renovations to 2,500 existing homes throughout IPC are scheduled to wrap up in 2515; 2,103 have been completed to date.
New homes also are on the way at Schofield Barracks where construction is taking place in the third and final phase of the Kalakaua community, located on the South Range just off Lyman Road. The first group of the planned 296 homes will be completed in August, and an average of 25 homes will be completed each month through June 2014.
In IPC's south communities, the last new homes in Aliamanu's Valley View Phase 1 were completed last month, and Phase 2 construction of 44 homes scheduled for completion in November is now underway.
Construction of 137 homes in the Hibiscus neighborhood continues; 47 will be completed in July, and the remaining will be delivered in October.
"The demand for homes has never been greater, and I'm thrilled we can provide quality homes and community amenities to service members who want to live on post," said Whitney, adding that construction of the Red Hill Mauka Community Center is scheduled to begin in August.
Families will have use of a swimming pool, spray park, large tot lot, full basketball court and picnic pavilion, and the community center facility will have available a large multipurpose room and complete kitchen facility. The community center is targeted for completion in August 2014.
To date, 3,818 homes, six community centers and dozens of amenities have been built throughout Army installations on Oahu as part of IPC's initial development plan, and 1,423 more homes are scheduled to be completed over the next seven years.