Liberty opens doors to new homes Published Dec. 8, 2006 By Staff Sgt. Nicholasa Reed 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- The first phase in a five phase housing project for RAFs Lakenheath and Mildenhall family housing finished Dec. 1. The project, which began in early 2005, will open it's first units Wednesday. The remaining units will open in different intervals through fiscal year 2011. Total funding for the project is approximately $200 million. Although the project does not increase the number of units available on base, due to older houses being demolished in a one-for-one exchange, the new housing will offer higher quality quarters for local families. Improvements scheduled for the new housing include: - An increase in square footage to meet current Air Force requirements - A garage for each unit - Ceramic tile flooring in dining room and kitchen areas to minimize costs on damages - Maximized space utilization and sound mitigation - Efficient use of storage and energy efficiency due to built in floor heating - 2.5 bathrooms and separate utility rooms During the ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday at 10 a.m., the keys to the first home will be turned over to the first occupants. An open house furnished by Army and Air Force Exchange Services will also be available to walk through. Families chosen to occupy the new homes came from the housing waiting list. To be placed on the list, call the East Anglian Housing office at 226-2000.