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The Landings at Columbus: lawn care, contests, renovations, more

The Landings at Columbus office is located at 7102 Capitol Avenue just inseide the Capitol Village entrance. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Danielle Hill)

The Landings at Columbus office is located at 7102 Capitol Avenue just inseide the Capitol Village entrance. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Danielle Hill)

With new renovations takings place in base housing, the playgrounds located in base housing will also be updated. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman Josh Harbin)

With new renovations takings place in base housing, the playgrounds located in base housing will also be updated. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman Josh Harbin)

COLUMBUS AFB, Miss. -- Military members as neighbors, an added sense of security, free community activities and a convenient commute to work are all advantages for military members that live in base housing at Columbus AFB.

As most of the BLAZE Team knows, base housing was privatized in October and Pinnacle-Hunt has now taken over base housing.

With this transition comes new construction and a transformation of base housing. Over the next five years, Pinnacle-Hunt will build 146 new homes, renovate 105 homes and maintain 202 homes that require no renovation. Along with the renovations come new recreational facilities within the family housing areas, including new play lots for youth, picnic areas and a community welcome center.

Renovation of houses in Capitol Village will be completed in three phases. The current residents who are in the renovation areas are encouraged to move into State or Magnolia Villages as soon as it is convenient for them. Moves will be paid for by the Air Force. Although no moves will be forced, they are highly recommended.

The houses to be renovated in Capitol Village will get an extended fourth bedroom and complete second bathroom. The carports currently on the houses will be converted to garages, with a garage door opener. Fixtures, hardware, cabinets, exterior light fixtures and bathroom tile will be replaced in all the houses.

Members currently residing in Magnolia and State Villages will not be asked to relocate and will remain in their houses until they PCS.

"We have a lot of incentives for military to live on base. There is free lawn care, no deposit, no pet deposit. Security is a big thing with our residents, and it is pretty much a guarantee here," said Cassandra Price, Community Manager for the Landings at Columbus.

Base residents will receive free lawn care, leaf removal, weed eating and tree limb removal. The lawns are mowed weekly on a schedule based on their housing area. Recycling will also be picked up once a week, when trash is picked up. Yard clippings will be picked up on Mondays.

Members are offered tools for yard work at the Pride Store. The pride store is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tools available are: leaf rakes, shovels, edging, garden hose, pruning sheers and hedge clippers. Mulch is also available.

"Everyone in the office understands the military and how it works. We cater strictly to the military," said Mrs. Price.

The Landings at Columbus is looking for Tenant Representatives to be liaisons for base residents. If interested, please call 434-8213.