Take a drive through Constitution Park, the Navy housing neighborhood in Lake Stevens, and you see 141 well-kept homes and a community most families would love to be a part of.
Adding to the esteem of the neighborhood is a brand new 3,900 square foot Community Center which was just completed.
“The center broke ground in 2009 and will serve as the cornerstone for the neighborhood,” Forest City Military Communities (FCMC), said in a statement.
The new community center project is part of the ongoing privatization partnership the Navy has undertaken to update its on-base family housing and amenities referred to as its Public-Private Venture (PPV) program.
The PPV partnership has revolutionized military housing in the Navy’s Northwest Region, recognizing the importance of increased neighborhood amenities and quality homes for the thousands of military families serving the United States in the armed forces.
“Building military housing is about so much more than constructing houses, it’s about building communities,” said Michael Nanney, vice president of FCMC and project executive. “This amenity will serve as a central hub for the families stationed at Naval Station Everett – we see the space being used for anything from birthday parties, to bridal showers to study groups and committee meetings. We are dedicated to a singular vision of enhancing the quality of life for military families through superior homes and amenities that in turn, create welcoming communities.”
Naval Station Everett’s Commanding Officer, Captain Michael Coury joined other dignitaries, both local and from the Navy, in the ribbon cutting ceremony which took place last Thursday, March 3.
“While we enlist the sailor we reenlist their families,” Coury explained. “When it comes to the family we look at providing them a great place to live and the community plays a big part in that. Having a commuity center here at Constitution Park gives families an opportunity to talk and exercise…it helps them cope with the separation of their sailors.”
Lake Stevens Mayor Vern Little, who has been a staunch supporter of the military and their families, is excited about this new addition to the neighborhood.
“We don’t typically build a community center inside a community but with the help of the Navy, we found a way,” he said. “This is awesome. Anybody would be proud to live in the community.”
Complete with a state-of-the-art exercise facility and adjacent children’s play room – where parents can supervise children while using the exercise equipment —and a well-appointed multi-purpose room, the center will serve as an anchor in the neighborhood.
The rooms will be available to residents at no charge and FCMC will provide an active schedule of resident programs and events as part of their ongoing commitment to provide enlisted men and women and their families a neighborhood that feels like home and creates a sense of place.
“We get calls everyday to see when they (the families) can rent it out,” Alicia Daughtery, Residential Services Manager said. “We have functions to bring the community together.”