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Condos going up, readying for new troops

POSTED: January 7, 2009 9:30 a.m.
Besides an office park near Liberty Regional Medical Centerl, Carnes Construction is also developing 20 acres of condominiums off Sandy Run Road, behind Badcock’s Furniture, in Hinesville.
John Carnes, also a member of Friends of Liberty, decided to take on the additional project “because of all the military buildup,” and alleviating the impending housing shortage, expected as another brigade of troops is added to Fort Stewart’s 3rd Infantry Division.
Friends of Liberty is a group of civilians who organized to foster relations between the military and business here.
Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas said Carnes is just one of many expressing interest in local development.
“We’re getting calls from throughout our region, who want to put up condos and apartments in Hinesville,” Thomas said.
He estimates the city will need approximately 2,000 additional homes by late 2010 for the influx of at least 10,000 Fort Stewart soldiers and their dependents.
“That growth is going to require residential (units) of all sorts,” Thomas said, calling the condos a workable alternative to detached homes. “It’s going to help, significantly.”
Carnes hopes to be near completion in September or October.
“We should be going vertical in the next four months,” he said.
The first phase includes putting up approximately 185 two-bedroom units of 1,000-1,400 square feet, some with garages. Carnes said he’s still trying to determine how big to make the condos.
The neighborhood, tentatively to be called White Oak subdivision, will also include a swimming pool and clubhouse.
“We bought it because of location, location, location,” Carnes said, mentioning the nearby Liberty County Armed Services Family YMCA, and Liberty County Recreation Department’s James Brown Park and Stafford Park.
“Everything’s within two blocks of everything, as far as activity for kids.” 
Culverts are currently going in for underground in-frastructure and workers are readying the foundation pad.
Carnes said he purchased 30 acres, but is developing 20.
The mayor said he recognized that single-family home development has been hurt by national trends, but said those attracted to building residential property here have been “forward-thinking,” since growth is coming.
“We’re still contacting developers and banks, trying to ensure we’re getting the best exposure,” he said.
“We’ve got sufficient building land to accommodate growth that we’re getting, both in the city and in the county.”
The condos will run from $115,000 to $165,000, according to Carnes.

 

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