New military housing complex in the works

Construction is beginning on a $72 million garden-style apartment complex on the grounds of Fort Meade.

The 14-unit building is a first for the base and the Army, according to the developer, Picerne Military Housing. It will house more than 1,400 unmarried service men and women who are currently stationed at the base.

The Army is developing the housing in a public-private partnership with Picerne.

Known as Reece Crossings, the complex will boast 432 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

All dwellings will come furnished and range from 1,100 to 1,200 square feet in size.

Completion is set for December 2013.

Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines living there will have private master suites which include individual bathrooms, walk-in closets, personal climate controls, and private climate-controlled secure storage for military gear.

The complex will also feature a clubhouse that will include a pool and picnic facility.

"Through our partnership with Picerne, we will be able to deliver this groundbreaking project that will give our single service members the high-quality homes they deserve," Col. Edward C. Rothstein, garrison commander at Fort Meade, said in a statement.

Reece Crossings is just one of many construction projects currently under way at Fort Meade.

This month, officials finished construction on a new 2,200 United Service Organizations building for service personnel.

On Oct. 16, construction began on a new 167,000-square-foot exchange. The $37 million project will replace the current 130,000-square-foot exchange and will feature a larger food court with six food vendors, a gun shop and a pharmacy.

It's slated for completion in 2014.

The addition of the complex is one effort to help alleviate commuting problems at he growing base.

In the past decade, Fort Meade has tripled the number of its employees and is expected to fill its capacity of 70,000 in 20 years.

Picerne has constructed other housing facilities for both Fort Meade and Aberdeen Proving Ground.

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