Soldiers, Civilians Make Their Presence Known outside Ft. Benning
The Columbus, Ga., metro area is starting to feel the impact of the thousands of soldiers, DOD civilians, contractors and dependents coming to Fort Benning as a result of BRAC, according to a quick survey conducted by the Ledger-Enquirer.
A Columbus homebuilder is attributing 60 of the 200-plus home sales he is expecting this year to BRAC growth. A Phenix City, Ala., landlord says most of his rental apartment units are full, a situation he credits BRAC for.
The Phenix City Schools superintendent has more concrete proof that an influx of service members has arrived at the post. “I know I took about 50 military-related calls [last Friday],” he told the paper. “Many of them were from people who live outside our district and they wanted to know if we would accept their child.”
Meanwhile, the Muscogee County School District is bracing for the arrival of new students; unfortunately, officials aren’t sure how many to expect, reported the Ledger-Enquirer. The district has about 1,000 seats available for new students. If 4,000 come — the high-end of what officials have been told — the district will have to acquire modular classrooms, says its superintendent.