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Environmental Assessment: Access Roads and An Associated Interior Road, Centennial Estates Lease, Ellsworth AFB, SD

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An Environmental Assessment EA was prepared to evaluate potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action and Alternatives for development of access roads and an associated interior road at Ellsworth Air Force Base EAFB in South Dakota. Hunt Development proposes to construct new access roads and an associated interior road that would provide off-base access to former base housing as per the requirement of the Ground Lease between Hunt Development and EAFB. The proposed access roads and the associated interior road will provide access to the former base housing known as Centennial Estates. Two access points are requested by the City of Box Elder due to the size of the Centennial Estates development. Currently, 283 military housing units are present at EAFB. Current plans indicate that the new access points and roads for Centennial Estates housing allow base personnel and their families access without passing through base security points. Centennial Estates was constructed during the early 1990s as part of a lease agreement with Hunt Development and the United States Air Force under the auspices of Public Law 98-115, Section 801, and Public Law 99-167. Eight hundred twenty-eight 828 military housing units were constructed for occupation by active duty military members and their dependents. Military family housing units replaced Korean War era units that did not meet existing Air Force standards. Hunt Development was granted a 40-year lease to construct 828 units. The first twenty years of the 40-year lease required the units to be leased to the Air Force for use as military family housing. During the second twenty years, Hunt Development has the option of operating Centennial Estates as residential units. The lease requires that Hunt Development separate Centennial Estates from EAFB by constructing a fence, obtaining utilities from off-base providers and accessing Centennial Estates from off-base. The initial 20-year lease expired on August 1, 2011.

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  • Civil Engineering

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