The U.S. Coast Guard broke ground Monday on 12 new units of family housing in Astoria.
Construction is expected to be completed next year in time for the Guard’s transfer season between May and July.
The Coast Guard already has 102 units in its housing tract near West Klaskanine Avenue and Alameda Avenue. The new units are part of the fourth phase of a development that started in 1992.
“Our Coast Guard members arrive here from all parts of the country. Many have never been in the Pacific Northwest or in the Astoria-Warrenton area before,” Capt. Daniel Travers, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, said at a groundbreaking ceremony. “We know no one and have no family here. The reason we integrate in the community so thoroughly and completely is because we are made to feel welcome.
“We are made to feel the talents, enthusiasm, values, and abilities our Coast Guard families bring to the community are appreciated. That isn’t true everywhere. It’s a very special thing. And we are well aware how lucky we are in that regard.”
The Coast Guard has about 500 active duty members in the Astoria-Warrenton area, and the Guard’s presence swells to about 1,300 with family members.
Astoria Mayor Arline LaMear welcomed the new Coast Guard housing and noted the city’s lack of rentals.