[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                               September 12, 2008
News

Housing units open up on South Post

The completion and future occupancy of 12 new military family housing units on South Post was celebrated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 28 at Fort McCoy.

Photo: Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser (left) listens as his wife, Kim, addresses guests at the ribbon cutting for the new South Post housing. (Photo by Val Hyde)
Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser (left) listens as his wife, Kim, addresses guests at the ribbon cutting for the new South Post housing. (Photo by Val Hyde)

Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser said the project started as part of an Army goal to replace all substandard housing by 2007.

The 12 housing units will replace 12 existing and outdated family housing units constructed at Fort McCoy between 1917 and 1931.

The old housing units will be demolished beginning Sept. 15. Personnel from these units will move into the new units.

The new units have three and four bedrooms and are designed for occupancy by both officer and enlisted personnel.

"These homes are a perfect example of Fort McCoy’s commitment to improve Soldier and family readiness by providing quality housing," Chesser said. "Our commitment through the Army Family Covenant to provide families a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive is embodied in what you see before you today."


"Today, we clearly recognize that the strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their families."

Col. David E. Chesser,
Garrison Commander

"Today, we clearly recognize that the strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their families," he added.

Bill Rafferty and David Packard of the Omaha Corps of Engineers designed and guided the project with the help of the installation’s Directorate of Public Works (DPW) and Family Housing staffs.

Rafferty and Packard also were the project engineers for the Woodridge Housing Development in Tomah, which was completed in 1992.

Darrell Neitzel, director of DPW, said he has witnessed many similar ribbon cuttings during his service at Fort McCoy.

"Each one is a very satisfying example because it’s the culmination of all kinds of hard work that went into these projects, in many cases it can be four or five years sometimes, before we really realized the final product of these projects," Neitzel said.

Photo: U. S. Army SFC Victor Reed and his family, center, cut the ribbon at the new housing development on Upton Avenue, South Post Housing, Fort McCoy, WI. Watching is Ross O Neil Chief, Housing Division, Fort McCoy, far left, Bill Rafferty, Project Engineer, Omaha COE, left of the Reed family, COL David Chesser, Garrison Commander, right of the Reed family, and Garrison Command Sergeant Major CSM M. Kevin Dubois, far right. (Photo by Val Hyde) (The Real McCoy Extra)
U. S. Army SFC Victor Reed and his family, center, cut the ribbon at the new housing development on Upton Avenue, South Post Housing, Fort McCoy, WI. Watching is Ross O Neil Chief, Housing Division, Fort McCoy, far left, Bill Rafferty, Project Engineer, Omaha COE, left of the Reed family, COL David Chesser, Garrison Commander, right of the Reed family, and Garrison Command Sergeant Major CSM M. Kevin Dubois, far right. (Photo by Val Hyde) (The Real McCoy Extra) 

Other significant projects in the last several years have included the new Public Safety Center, the new NCO Academy and the new Commissary, he added.

"Fort McCoy has come a long way in improving the quality of life for people here at the installation."

Other new projects that are expected to have ribbon cuttings this fall, and improve the installation’s quality of life, include the General Warehouse and the 88th Regional Support Command facilities, he said.

Following the speakers, the installation offered tours of a representative housing unit from each of the floor plans used.

The housing floor plans are open and include two full baths, laundry/mud rooms, wood, tile and carpeted floors, office/computer area, a pantry, kitchen island, a full basement with egress window and two-car garages.

Dakota Intertek of New Berlin, Wis., was the general contractor for the $5.2 million project, which also included infrastructure costs.

 

[ Top of Page ]

[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]