Public-private partnership to run Navy housing

July 30, 2004|By Mary C. Schneidau | Mary C. Schneidau,SUN STAFF

More than 100 units of military housing will be converted or demolished when the Navy enters into a public-private partnership next year to manage properties at the Naval Academy and Naval Station Annapolis.

A private partnership will take over the daily operation of 371 family homes in the fall of next year, Lt. Cmdr. Ed Zeigler, a spokesman for Naval District Washington, said in an e-mail response to questions. Buchanan House, the home of the academy superintendent, and barracks and housing for singles, including Bancroft Hall, will remain under Navy control.

The Navy plans to reduce the number of homes to 269 through demolition and through conversion to larger homes or to nonhousing use. Historic homes will not be converted or demolished, Zeigler said.

The partnership - which has not been selected - will be able to respond to resident needs better than the Navy can, said Cmdr. Tom McKavitt, base operations officer at the academy.

Residents "will see a much more responsive effort on maintenance and upkeep, and what the Navy will see is a much better return on their investment dollar," McKavitt said. He did not know how long the process would take.

The company or companies should be named in October next year and will be awarded a 50-year contract. A limited liability company probably will be formed with the Navy as a limited partner and the private company as the managing member, Zeigler said.

The military estimates that it saves 10 percent on the cost of operation through partnerships, according to the Department of Defense's housing privatization Web site. There is also likely to be a reduction in the number of Navy housing personnel at the academy and the naval station, Zeigler said.

The affected housing includes century-old historic homes along the academy's parade field, 70-year-old historic cottages throughout the academy yard, and traditional townhouses and single-family homes at Naval Station Annapolis, McKavitt said.

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