A $29 million renovation project underway in the Laurel Bay community will affect more than 1,000 homes, according to a spokeswoman for the military housing complex's management company.
Most of the homes there were built between 1957 and 1962, according to Alanna King, marketing manager for Atlantic Marine Corps Communities. Renovations at the 1,200-home complex west of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort will continue through 2016, she said.
One-story homes will receive new floors, as well as new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems to improve energy efficiency, King said. Other homes will receive new roofs, she said.
In addition, 42 homes in the complex will be torn down and replaced with larger homes. The new homes are expected to be completed late next year, King said.
Demolition began in July. Some residents were relocated from the aging homes to vacant ones in the community before the project started, King said.
Two models will replace the homes -- a 1,680-square-foot, three-bedroom house, and a 1,950-square-foot, four-bedroom one. The homes will be about 300 to 600 square feet larger than the ones being replaced, King said.
AMCC also is renovating 53 homes at Naval Hospital Beaufort as part of the same project. Those homes will receive new heating and air-conditioning systems and roofs. Renovations there are expected to be completed by early next year, King said.
The company also manages housing on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
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