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February 08, 2013

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McCoy South Post military Family housing units now total 57

Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

Two more military Family housing units have been completed on Fort McCoy’s South Post and have been assigned occupants, bringing the total housing units to 57.

W. Gohman Construction of St. Joseph, Minn., constructed the two housing units. The funding was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as stimulus funds.
PHOTO: A Fort McCoy Family are presented a key to a new home in the military Family housing area. Photo by Rob Schuette
Sherry Oslie (far right), Fort McCoy Family Housing manager, presents
the keys to a new house in the military Family housing area on South Post to
members of a Fort McCoy Family.

The housing units all have the same features as other recently completed projects. All include four bedrooms, kitchens, laundries, Family rooms and two-car garages.

Thirty-three of the 57 housing units on South Post were paid for with stimulus funding, said Ross O’Neil, chief of the Fort McCoy Housing Division. Construction of the 57 housing units occurred from 1998 to 2012.

Roy Brewer, Fort McCoy resident engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, said the completion of these two housing units marks the end of the stimulus-funded housing.

Sites for up to 130 housing units have been developed on South Post, O’Neil said.

The strategy has and will allow the installation to construct housing units when funding becomes available.

Sixty-three additional housing units are scheduled to be constructed, pending congressional and funding approval. O’Neil said 56 units are scheduled to be built in fiscal year (FY) 2014, with another seven units scheduled for construction in FY 2016.

The 63 additional military Family housing units planned will bring the South Post total to 120 units, he said.

A military housing assessment completed several years ago put the number needed to support the installation’s military population at 134 units.

Because the Army has been funding approximately 90 percent of the assessment number, Fort McCoy housing officials do not expect the installation to receive any more Army funds for military housing for the foreseeable future.

The new military Family housing is issued to eligible active-duty Soldiers on permanent-change-of-station orders who are on the Fort McCoy housing waiting list, O’Neil said.

Another project proceeding in the area is the renovation of the South Post Community Center.

O’Neil said the project is on track to be completed by spring 2013.

The facility will feature an expanded community room and also will be the new location for the Housing Management Office.
This would bring everything related to housing together in that area, which would provide better customer service, O’Neil said.

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