By Pfc. Hwang Joon-hyun (USAG-Yongsan)March 17, 2009
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - The Hannam Village tower renovations are gaining momentum as demolition works are nearing completion.
Hannam Village is a leased housing area for Yongsan families owned by Korea National Housing Corporation. Towers G, H and J are under construction for this phase of the plan.
"The renovation is going smoothly," said Carol Jones, USAG-Yongsan Housing Director. "We have a timeline provided to us by Korea National Housing Corporation, and we are about 15 percent of the way complete."
The renovations began in January and are set to include brand new walls, ceilings, floors and pipelines.
Currently, eight houses share a floor in the towers. After the renovation, that number will decrease to six, providing quarters that are more spacious.
Garrison officials are continuously seeking more changes that will help Hannam residents.
"We used to have old radiator heating systems in the towers," Jones said. "They were not effective and were dangerous to children because they got so hot."
KNHC has agreed to install new fan-coil heating systems, Jones said. "The new systems will be more effective, energy efficient and safer."
The corporation is also reviewing another suggestion made by garrison residents to install fiber optics for faster internet access.
"We really care about improving quality of life for our families," Jones said.
Garrison commander, Col. Dave Hall said quality of life for Yongsan Families is a top priority.
"USAG-Yongsan is moving forward with construction upgrades and renovations," he said. "The Hannam Village project is just one of the ways we are improving the quality of life for the community."
The first phase of the Hannam Village renovation project is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.