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Infrastructure demolition moves forward in Oak Park

Utility lines in Oak Park are being removed before the land where houses once stood is graded and seeded.

Utility lines in Oak Park are being removed before the land where houses once stood is graded and seeded.

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Now that all but three houses in Oak Park military housing area have been leveled, infrastructure demolition is under way. 

D&G contractors are removing water, sewer, electrical and gas systems in the area before the land is graded and the area is seeded, according to Lt. Col. Eddie Richards of the 81st Civil Engineer Squadron's program management office. 

Next, a perimeter fence is being put in place to bring Oak Park back within the base's borders, while providing an offset area to allow green space and better aesthetics for Keesler's civilian neighbors. 

New lighting is also being installed to provide safety and security to area residents. 

Keesler is also locating an entrance for contract workers and their trucks just north of the ball fields from Oak Park to the flight line to allow the delivery of building materials to different base locations. 

The contractor for the base's new military housing project will have a lay-down area about the size of a football field just south of the new gate near Oak Park's southwest corner. 

A power plant is being placed in Oak Park just north of Keesler Medical Center which will be a couple hundred feet in diameter. 

The last three houses standing in Oak Park are being used for contractor office space and will be demolished after the military housing construction project is completed.