Over 120 homes are currently being demolished in what is the last phase of Balfour Beatty’s two year renovation plan. The demolition began early last week and will continue until mid summer. The area that will be demolished will become desert scenery for the surrounding neighborhood.
“The demolition is the last portion of the entire process,” said Balfour Beatty Manager Jennifer Dixon.
Dixon said the demolition was already in the works prior to receiving word of the 2nd Engineer Battalion being reassigned. Dixon said the Army dictates how many homes can be on an installation based on the amount of troops. The entire battalion is scheduled to leave WSMR later this year but Dixon said their departure should not call for more demolitions in the oncoming future.
“It actually had been in the mix for longer than that,” Dixon said.
The homes are located within the Pershing and Trinity housing area. Dixon said the renovation and demolition company chose to demolish that particular area because it was the easiest way to section off the demolition to one particular area. Currently, the demolition company is working on two homes a week. If more troops arrive in the future there is a possibility of building more houses in that area but for now there are no plans for any sort of construction in that area.
“We will continue to maintain it as far as mowing,” Dixon said.
Dixon said because the demolition area is section and fenced off there is nothing for the residents to be concerned about. Proper abatement studies and precautionary measures were taken to ensure the community’s safety prior to the start of the demolition. The renovation and demolition plan began in the fall of 2011 with the renovation of about 170 homes.