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Home on the bombing range

Military history still haunts development site

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Southridge Hills, a 127-acre housing development in southeast Arlington, Texas, features 10 floor plans, prices ranging from $108,000 to $135,000, and a nearby golf course and lake. But Southridge Hills, built by KB Home, is not your typical residential project. The housing development site was formerly home to a U.S. Naval Air Station bombing range, and the decades-old legacy of its military use has resurfaced in the form of controversy, lawsuits and a large-scale cleanup project. While one KB Home Web site promotes "spacious floor plans" and "easy access to highways," a separate KB Home Web site describes ongoing cleanup efforts at the site. Information at that site states, "KB Home continues to strongly believe that this property is appropriate for community living," but also cautions, "Southridge residents who find what they think is ordnance should simply leave it alone and call 911." The development area was once known as Five Points Field Outlying Field, a training ground for m...