Jan 27, 2006 — More than 300 developers, investors and elected officials met in Watertown on Thursday for a daylong summit aimed at solving Fort Drum's housing crunch. Both Senator Clinton and Senator Shumer spoke at the event.
An influx of nearly 6-thousand soldiers at Fort Drum has led to a severe housing shortage. Most have already arrived, but the Army estimates it still needs 2-thousand-60 single-family homes and approximately 225 two-person apartments in the Watertown area to provide housing. Then there's the problem of providing housing for low-income families displaced by the arriving soldiers.
John Deans is chair of the Fort Drum regional liaison organization. He told Gregory Warner that yesterday's forum was a good networking opportunity.