Fort Drum Razing Barracks, Building New Hotel
They were designed to last five years, but barracks built on Fort Drum in 1941 are still being used to lodge visitors and transitioning soldiers.
But not for much longer.
"They've been serving the Army 71 years, said Jim Corriveau, Fort Drum's director of public works.
"It's time to retire World War II wood."
An army-wide privatization program will turn on-post temporary lodging over to the private sector.
The old barracks will be demolished and the Inn at Fort Drum will be turned over to a private company. The same company will build a new hotel on post.
"The objective is to improve the quality of life for the soldiers using Army lodging," Corriveau said.
The Fort Drum and Watertown areas already have a lot of new hotels.
In fact, some people think there's now too many and that a new hotel on Fort Drum just means more competition.
Corriveau says: maybe, maybe not.
"Overall, the Army here on Fort Drum is going to have fewer beds when we're done," he said.
"We've got about 360 beds of World War II vintage that we use."
Friday, May 24, 2013, Watertown, NY
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