The North Country region of New York surrounding Fort Drum, typically a very tight housing market, now has a 5 percent vacancy rate, a development that will make it easier for soldiers stationed there to find accommodations in the Watertown area.
As a result, military personnel should have more options in the community, and landlords will be forced to compete with newer properties, said James Wright, executive director of the Development Authority of the North Country.
“That dynamic has now changed, and it will change the interaction within the community,” he said, reported the Watertown Daily Times.
The news was reported during a public meeting held last week by the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization. A presentation by Fort Drum’s deputy garrison commander revealed that the post’s population of military and civilian personnel is projected to drop from 23,724 in fiscal 2012 to 21,000 by FY 2017.
The decline partially stems from the scheduled deactivation of the 10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, accounting for a loss of about 1,500 soldiers. Some of that loss, though, will be offset by planned additions and realignments, according to the story.