The project is part of the Residential Communities Initiative atFort Lewis. RCI at Fort Lewis is at the forefront of theprivatization of Army housing and has the potential to keep thePuget Sound economy humming along for the next five decades.

In addition to building more than 108 housing units, olderfamily housing on Fort Lewis is being updated. A total of 300 unitswill be developed in the next few years, and in addition to the newhomes, most of the existing 4,000 units on the base will berenovated and redesigned as part of the 50-year partnershipagreement. According to Fort Lewis officials, that means money isflowing into the local economy. Under terms of the RCI partnershipagreement, most of the sub-contractors used in construction andrenovation of family housing on Fort Lewis will come from the localarea.

RCI is employing more than 500 skilled tradesmen every day, withmore than 50 local subcontracting firms at work at any given timeon this project. Fort Lewis estimates that as a result of RCI, morethan $1.2 billion will be pumped into the local economy over thenext 50 years.

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