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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014 4:30 am

Chaffee Village is slated for partial demolition in the near future.

“Fort Hood Family Housing currently has development plans being reviewed at the headquarter level of the Army in Washington, D.C.,” said Marvin Williams, director of property management with Fort Hood Family Housing. “The plan is for the demolition of about one-third of Chaffee Village on the west side with replacement houses for that area.”

Replacement homes will be built atop the former Chaffee house footprint.

In addition, new houses are to be built on the north side of Wainwright Heights, Williams said.

“We anticipate approval for this development plan within the next few months. Once the plan is approved, construction will be phased over a four-year period,” Williams said.

In 2008, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, then-III Corps commander, said 10 percent of Fort Hood housing was substandard.

That percentage amounted to 674 sets of quarters, all located in Chaffee Village. The structures were said to be below standards for size and safety requirements. At the time, plans called for that housing to remain until 2032.

Williams disputes this claim, saying no houses are substandard. “It was overstated,” he said.

A number of the homes will be renovated, “taken down to the foundation,” in the near future, Williams said, without giving a specific time frame for construction to begin.

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