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Ribbon cutting to celebrate delivery of first new homes

Hanscom AFB -- Tuesday will mark an important day in the history of Hanscom's housing privatization initiative as Airman 1st Class Tim Althoff, 66th Medical Group, and his wife Alcy, 66th Services Squadron, will cut the ribbon on their new home that was constructed by American Eagle Communities. 

"This is what housing privatization is all about -- delivering quality homes to military members and their families," said Col. Tom Schluckebier, 66th Air Base Wing commander. "I'm looking forward to joining Airman Althoff and his wife as they represent all of our housing residents in cutting the ribbon on their new home.

" I'm so excited," Mrs. Althoff said. 

"This is amazing, we're honored to represent all Hanscom residents at the ribbon cutting ceremony," Airman Althoff said. 

The Althoff's new 1,900 square-foot home will feature three bedrooms, two and a half baths, as well as a screened-in porch and two-car garage. "All of the 784 new homes being built by American Eagle Family Housing will have either three or four bedrooms and lots of amenities," said Maggie Wetzell, American Eagle Communities project director. 

"This is an exciting day for American Eagle," Ms. Wetzell said. "As we've watched this project transform from paper to actual homes, we've looked forward to the day when we could begin to welcome families into the new houses." 

Residents living in Hanscom's base housing community and military members who work on base will be given an opportunity to tour the new home at an Open House scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at 23 Langley Road. "We really hope that our current housing residents will join us," Ms. Wetzell said. "We're proud of the new homes and are anxious for military members and their families on and off base to see them." 

To date, 142 older homes have been demolished and 122 new homes are in various stages of construction.