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Renovated base home gets first new tenants

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE -- A Robins Airman and his family will soon have more living space.

Staff Sgt. Gabriel Scarberry, a systems control manager with the 54th Combat Communications Squadron, his wife Sabrina and his three children are the first to occupy one of the newly renovated four-bedroom homes in Turner Park.

"It's a very nice house," Sergeant Scarberry said. "My wife has been very supportive of me and my career and my deployments, so this is a nice reward. We are really appreciative of the opportunity to move into this beautiful home."

Lori Carver, assistant community director with Pinnacle Property Management, presented Sergeant Scarberry with the key to his new home at a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 4 attended by approximately 50 Team Robins members, including senior leadership.

"This has all been in planning and in the works for several years," said Maj. Gen. Polly Peyer, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center commander. "It is really great when you execute a plan and execute it on time and on cost. It's an exciting day for Sergeant Scarberry and his family."

Although the Scarberrys are the first to occupy a renovated home on base, they certainly won't be the last. By spring 2009, 84 two-bedroom homes in Turner Park will be converted into 42 four-bedroom homes, each with an enclosed garage, a carport and approximately 2,400 square feet of living space. The 42 homes will be made available to enlisted Airmen, ranks E1 to E6.

The project is part of an $8 million renovation project that began when Robins moved to privatized housing in October 2007.

"We are absolutely pleased with this renovation project," said Lana Reaves, housing flight chief with the Housing Management Office. "The homes are very spacious and beautiful. We are providing quality, affordable homes for our Airmen."

In addition to the Turner Park renovations, a $32.8 million construction project will see the building of 76 new homes in the old Crestview area, east of Robins Elementary School. These homes are slated for officer and senior enlisted occupancy and have an anticipated October 2009 completion date.