Curbelo Welcomes Decision to Open 30 Homes at Naval Air Station Key West to Non-DOD Civilians
Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) today welcomed an announcement from Balfour Beatty that 30 surplus housing units on Naval Air Station Key West would be opened up to non-Department of Defense civilians.
Curbelo has consistently advocated to open up surplus base housing units to civilians as a means of easing the affordable housing crisis in Key West. Since February 2016, Curbelo has also urged U.S. Navy officials to move forward with the process of opening up the currently vacant 166 Sigsbee housing units. Earlier this year, the Navy opened a Request for Information after Curbelo met with U.S. Navy officials to once again urge the Navy to act swiftly.
“Opening up these 30 units will provide some much needed relief to the Key West community,” Curbelo said. “Addressing the lack of affordable housing throughout the Keys, especially in Key West, is something I have been committed to working on since I was first elected to represent our community in Congress. Not only does the affordable housing crisis affect local residents and businesses, but it also hinders the Keys’ full potential by restricting the growth of new investments.
“While this announcement is exciting news, it doesn’t mean our work is done,” added Curbelo. “I will continue to work with the Navy to try and find a way forward on the 166 unoccupied Sigsbee units that, once restored and opened up to the community, would further ease the burdens of the affordable housing crisis in the private market.”