Housing proposals eligible for government assistance should provide the bridge needed to close a housing gap feared when all troops from Fort Drum return from deployment. Housing has also been a concern since the Fort is the major economic engine and if gaps exist, the Army may be reluctant to station troops here.
That's why a consortium of dollars was put together. Two projects in the Town of Watertown are of note as they utilize a new road built by the County already and utilize existing water and sewer capacity. The sites near Sam's Club also are near shopping and transportation hubs. There is reasonable proximity to schools and health care, as well as to Sackets Harbor and popular Lake Ontario recreation spots.
In any event, let's hope whatever happens, moves ahead as the local economy could use the construction jobs and the ability to house military related growth is the insulation we have enjoyed against the problems in the national economy.
Watertown Daily Times Four developers ask for housing money from Jefferson County agencies