Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnett
Chippewa Village, the Mountain Post’s newest housing development, opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 5.
The housing area consists of 180 four-bedroom units, each offering approximately 1,950 square feet of living space. Nine of the units will comply with Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards.
The village will house both junior enlisted and junior noncommissioned officers.
“We are very grateful to be able to offer these houses to junior enlisted Soldiers, since it is the first (new units) we have been able to offer them since 2002,” said Lynn Rivera, senior community manager with Balfour Beatty Communities.
One prominent part of the homes is the Energy Star appliances, making them “greener” homes.
“This village is an example of the Army Family Covenant in action,” said Col. Robert F. McLaughlin, garrison commander. “There is much symbology here. It is indeed the gateway to Fort Carson.”
“This is a rear-load project, meaning that all garages will be (located) in the rear of the house, allowing for full, unobstructed views of the mountains,” said Bob Mooney, project director for Balfour Beatty Communities.
To help promote community activity there will be two gazebos with barbecue grills as well as three playgrounds, with one having handicap access.
“The village will feature walking trails and sidewalks to allow walkability to schools, the post exchange and commissary,” said Mooney.
A watchtower welcomes residents and guest as they enter the community.
“Today, here in Chippewa Village, I believe we have truly come to show what state-of-the-art is, it is to provide those who are serving in harm’s way and doing so much to protect our freedom the very latest in Army housing,” said Brig. Gen. James H. Doty, acting senior commander, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson.
Balfour Beatty currently has 3,068 units to offer Soldiers on Fort Carson and another 180 in Chippewa Village are expected to be available in May 2012. Approximately 1,500 people are currently on the housing waiting list. Wait times range from 30 days to one year, depending on Family size and rank, according to Rivera.