Historic ‘homecoming’ at Schriever

Home sweet home will now be a matter of blocks, rather than miles, for the Schriever Air Force Base community.

A ribbon cutting ceremony today celebrated the completion of the first eight of 242 new homes planned for the base.

Schriever Air Force Base opened during 1985 in east El Paso County as Falcon Air Force Station. About 230 employees affiliated with newly activated 2nd Space Wing worked on base at that time.

Today more than 7,500 active duty and civilian personnel make the daily trip to and from Schriever.

The distances they drive in good weather or bad range from 22 miles from downtown Colorado Springs to 8 miles from Peterson Air Force Base, or as much as 30 miles from north El Paso County, or Woodland Park – an average 20- to 45-minute commute.

The homes will be as much as 20- to 40-percent larger than many of the existing homes airmen have been living in for years. Floor plans range from 1,638 square feet to 4,000 square feet, and include a minimum of three bedrooms.

Tierra Vista Communities will develop, build, renovate, finance and maintain the homes until 2057.

It’s an exciting time for us,” said Denise Curtis, Schriever’s acting chief of public affairs. “We’ll have our first family move-in this Saturday.

The project is scheduled to be completed by 2010.