SOUTHCOM holds groundbreaking for new housing construction

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Florida Construction News staff writer

Military leaders, key civic representatives, and housing partners gathered Jan. 30 to break ground on a new housing construction project for service members and their families stationed at Doral.

“This is a very special day for IMCOM, our service members and their families,” said SOUTHCOM Commander Gen. Laura Richardson. “Offering housing near the installation will make a huge difference in the service members’ readiness, morale, and their overall quality of life and we look forward to continued collaboration with the team and the day of completion.”

Construction is expected to start later this year and be completed by 2027, providing privatized military housing near the U.S. Southern Command Headquarters in Doral and the greater Miami – Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area.

In 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration offered the use of the land, with more than 51 acres of land that will be transferred from the FAA to the Army, just across from SOUTHCOM Gate 2. About 200 military service members and their families will be housed in the new development.

In March 2022 the Army selected Lendlease, a privatized housing partner, to plan, design, build, and manage the new construction.

“The impact of increased living and housing costs was a driving factor to develop affordable, permanent housing to take care of our number one priority – our service members and their families,” McCullough said. “This community and many leaders have been steadfast in helping us bring this project to a reality.

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