WPAFB collecting public opinion


Greene County News

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE – The United States Air Force is holding public scoping meetings to solicit input and comments on the proposed Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Housing Program Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The purpose of the action is to provide housing that meets Air Force standards for key and essential (K&E) personnel and their dependents stationed at WPAFB.

At a minimum, this action must provide residences for 30 K&E personnel and their dependents who are required to live on WPAFB. The current privatized housing inventory does not support these needs, as the homes are not of adequate square footage and are not proximate enough to K&E work locations to support the base’s housing requirements. Many existing housing units also require some renovation and interior modernization to support a higher quality of life for military family members.

Currently, 100 homes remain in the Air Force inventory at WPAFB, including 10 homes on Yount Drive built in 1975, 89 National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligible Brick Quarters Housing District (BQHD) units built in 1934-1937 and the Foulois House constructed in 1874. WPAFB presently operates and maintains the BQHD and Foulois House under provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Sections 106 and 110.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Air Force is issuing this notice to advise the public of its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Under the Housing Program EIS, the Air Force is proposing to build new, renovate, privatize, lease or demolish its current government-owned housing units to support housing needs for WPAFB’s 30 K&E personnel.

In order to effectively define the full range of issues to be evaluated in the EIS, the Air Force is soliciting comments from interested state and federal agencies and members of the public. The Air Force will also hold two public scoping meetings to further solicit input regarding the scope of the proposed action. Meetings will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Sept. 27. A brief presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by an opportunity for the public to provide written comments.

Meeting information is provided below:

– Date: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, Sept. 27.

– Location: Fairborn High School; 900 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road in Fairborn.

The scoping meeting will be in an open house format with a brief presentation provided by the Air Force starting at 6:30 p.m. each night. The open house format will provide an opportunity for interested members of the public to learn more about the Housing Program initiative. All members of the public are invited. Public scoping comments on the EIS proposal and alternatives are requested by Sunday, Oct. 9.

Scoping comments can be submitted through the project website, http://wpafbhousingeis.versar.com, or to the mailing address below. People wishing to mail comments or obtain further information should send comments and questions to 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office; 5135 Pearson Road, Building 10, Room 253A WPAFB, OH 45433.

For more information, call 937-522-3252 or email: 88abw.pa@us.af.mil; or the project website located at: http://wpafbhousingeis.versar.com.

Story courtesy of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Story courtesy of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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