BRAC List Doesn't Halt Construction

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The building of a new military housing complex will continue in Gautier, even though Naval Station Pascagoula was placed on a closure list by the Pentagon. It's scheduled to open this summer.

The complex has 160 three- and four-bedroom units. It was expected to accommodate military officials at Naval Station Pascagoula.

However, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Friday announced the first round of base closings and realignments in a decade. The Pentagon recommends shutting down Naval Station Pascagoula.

U.S. Representative Gene Taylor says even if Naval Station Pascagoula is closed, the housing complex will not go to waste. He says he already has spoken to Captain Will McKerall, commanding officer of the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport, about having Seabee families make use of the housing.

Gautier Mayor Ken Taylor says airmen from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi could also live in the housing complex.