Homes, sweet homes: New house construction, renovations underway at Bethel Manor
By Senior Airman Jason J. Brown
633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
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Nearly 900 new homes, such as the ones seen in this photo dated Oct. 24, 2011, are being built at the Landings at Langley at Bethel Manor and Jamestown Village. The new homes will replace units that did not meet current “whole house standards.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Teresa Cleveland/Released)
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New homes are being built and existing homes are undergoing renovations at the Landings at Langley at Bethel Manor and Jamestown Village, as seen in this photo dated Oct. 27, 2011. The $350 million project will add 900 new homes and renovate 45 existing “historic” properties, expanding floor space and eliminating infrastructure problems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Teresa Cleveland/Released)
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The new and renovated homes at the Landings at Langley at Bethel Manor and Jamestown Village, as seen in this photo dated Oct. 27, 2011, feature an extra 150 square feet per home, expanded laundry rooms, covered patios and an open design. The homes are 30 percent larger than their predecessors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Teresa Cleveland/Released)
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., Nov. 7, 2011 —
The Landings at Langley at Bethel Manor and Jamestown Village are getting a major facelift, as new homes are under construction and existing homes are undergoing major renovations, part of a $350 million base housing project.
Nearly 900 new homes are being built at the base housing complex, located approximately four miles northwest of Langley Air Force Base. In addition, 45 existing "historic" homes are being renovated to expand floor space and eliminate infrastructure problems, including leaking roofs and flooding basements.
The older homes, which are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places, required consultation with the Virginia State Historic Preservation Office before they were gutted.
Contractors installed an extra 150 square feet of space per home, as well as added an additional bathroom in the upstairs level, bringing the houses up to current "whole house standards."
According to Richard Moynihan, the Langley AFB housing manager, the new homes will replace units that did not meet current whole house standards. Since a large portion of the area fell below the 100-year flood plain and was flood prone, the finished floor level of new homes is built above 12 inches.
Of the new homes, 648 units are designated for junior enlisted personnel, or E-1 through E-6. The remaining 241 new homes are reserved for senior NCOs. All renovated existing homes are reserved as SNCO housing.
The new homes are 30 percent larger than their predecessors, and include large laundry rooms, covered patios, an open design, and more. However, the SNCO homes are 15 percent larger than the junior enlisted homes, and feature two-car garages. The site features a pool, a 1,700 sq. ft. clubhouse and a 7,200 sq. ft. welcome center.
Sure to satisfy tenants, utilities, lawn care and renter's insurance are included in the tenant's basic allowance for housing, or BAH.
"All indications are that the new units are a hit, and occupancy is high," Moynihan said. "We expect to have the project complete in September 2014."