|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.
Sherry Oslie (far right), Fort McCoy Family Housing manager,
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
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,
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
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.