Balfour Beatty Communities manages 2,932 homes on Fort Stewart and another 334 apartments at Marne Point. Most of these homes are rented by military families, but a new policy has made some military housing available to rent by Department of Defense employees, military retirees and never-been-in-the-military civilians.
According to Senior Community Manager Daren Utterback, the policy change was the result of changing troop strength at Fort Stewart.
“While active-duty troops and their families have typically populated base housing at Fort Stewart, the base recently completed a troop reduction of more than 1,800 soldiers,” Utterback said. “Base housing occupancy numbers have fallen as a result. As part of our contract to manage housing at Fort Stewart, we have the option to address reduced military demand by opening the housing to other resident categories.
“After a few months of reduced occupancy that began last summer, we worked closely with the local command and our Army housing partners to start the process of opening select neighborhoods.”
Utterback said Stewart housing is grouped into 12 distinct neighborhoods. Home sizes range from 767 to 3,850 square feet with two, three, four and five bedrooms in a variety of styles, including duplexes, fourplexes, sixplexes and single-family homes.
He noted that some utilities are included in monthly rental fees. There are no hook-up fees for utilities, and curb-side trash pick-up, recycle pick-up and water-usage charges are included in monthly rent.
Additionally, Utterback said all upkeep and regular yard and home maintenance is provided, to include 24-hour emergency services. Security for on-post housing is provided by military police. Other amenities include community centers with fitness facilities, playgrounds, outdoor pavilions, sports courts, pools, splash parks and dog parks.
He added that military retirees would benefit from on-post housing being close to family support and base-convenience facilities, including Army Community Services, Winn Army Community Hospital, Club Stewart, the Holbrook Recreation Area, bowling alleys, swimming pool, the movie theater, and the Post Exchange and commissary.
He noted that Marne Point, which is a private residential community on Fort Stewart near Brittin Elementary School, features its own pool, business center, fitness facility, billiard room and car wash.
“We currently have both one and two-bedroom units available for immediate occupancy (at Marne Point),” Utterback said. “No security deposits or pet fees are required, and the monthly rate includes some utilities as well as high-speed internet and basic cable services.”
Utterback said residents don’t have to have a military identification card to live in the selected on-post neighborhoods. However, they are required to pass a comprehensive background screening and credit check as part of the lease-application process. Once approved, he said they can get a 3-day pass to gain access on post then apply for a 30-day access pass that will have to be renewed when it expires.
“Base housing is much more than just a place to live,” Utterback said. “It’s a true community with an extensive lineup of programs, and resident events aim at getting family members of all ages out of their homes and connecting with others in new and exciting ways.”
For more information about housing available on Fort Stewart, call Utterback at 408-2480 or go to www.fortstewartfamilyhousing.com.