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Landmark Now Site of Demolition Project

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070926-08
Release Date: 9/26/2007 9:40:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bruce Cummins, Naval Support Activity Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- An original structure aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain saw its last activity, Sept. 16, when planned demolition began on Oasis, a center providing services for service members in Bahrain since 1972.

The first phase of demolition by Public Works Department was observed by Commanding Officer Capt. Mark J. Deardurff.

The removal of Oasis is necessary for several reasons, noted Public Works Department Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Department Head Lt. Bradley D. Davis.

“The Oasis is too close to the base perimeter for current anti-terrorism force protection requirements and cannot be renovated and reutilized economically,” he said. “Total square footage of all facilities is based on facility population and facility function, and the construction of B-261 replaces the function of several buildings; therefore, their required demolition provides equilibrium of maintained space or footprint.”

Vacant since June 2006, the Oasis formerly housed the facility’s Barber Shop, a package store, sandwich shop, shoe shop, and a tailor and dry cleaning shop. The second floor housed a dining facility and the Officer’s Club. All services at the Oasis relocated to the Freedom Souq.

The demolition of the Oasis is scheduled to continue through mid-November and will incorporate the removal of all debris and include restoration of the area.

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