Base housing under new management



by Pacifica Chehy
staff writer


1/24/2008 - ANDREWS AFB, Md. -- Privatized family housing is now under the management of Michaels Military Housing, led by base housing community manager, Gabrielle Alexander.

According to Ms. Alexander, Michaels Military Housing is the property management company of Clark Realty, the Air Force's Air Mobility Command-East military housing privatization project partner, which includes MacDill AFB, Fla. and Andrews.

Though Clark Realty has development and construction experience with the Navy, Marines and Army, the AMC-East is Clark Realty's first Air Force project.

There are three main areas where base residents will notice a change for the better with the new management including improved services, community outreach, and new and renovated homes."

The residents will see improved services across the board as privatization is a 50-year commitment to providing great communities for families," said Ms. Alexander." The resident will see improved maintenance services by a dedicated team of professionals. A service we offer that is always popular with residents is landscaping services. We will maintain our residents' yards except for fenced in areas."

Michaels Military Housing provides an interactive website for residents to submit service requests. Or they can call 301-599-1418. A maintenance staff is on call 24/7 for emergencies.

The website is www.andrewsfamilyhousing.com or www.mmhusa.com.
For community outreach, Michaels Military Housing will debut a new, Community Connections Program for residents."

A fun change at Andrews will be participating in our Community Connections Program," said Ms. Alexander." The mission of the Community Connections Program is to help our residents connect with one another, connect with organizations on the installation, and help facilitate connections with the surrounding community. Some of the free, residents' only events we host are holiday events, block parties, kids summer club and informative classes."

The third improvement, and likely the most-anticipated change for base housing residents, includes new and renovated housing units." The most exciting change will be the construction of new, custom designed homes and renovation of existing homes at Andrews. We'll keep folks posted on progress though our website," said Ms. Alexander.

The Michaels Military housing office is located at 1190 Menoher Drive and can be reached at 301-736-8082.