Groundbreaking for Ft. Lee Lodging Facility
Construction of a thousand-room lodging facility at Ft. Lee began in August. There’ll be an official groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow morning at 9.
The Army has been analyzing and formalizing plans for extra space for transient soldiers since the BRAC decision to dramatically increase the population at Fort Lee.
Morrow: We've been planning and requesting for about five years for the Army to build some type of lodging facility to meet the current and increased demand for transient soldiers at Fort Lee.
Colonel Mike Morrow is Garrison Commander. At present, about 1400 transient troops need a place to stay every day, and Colonel Morrow said that number will steadily increase into next year to nearly 2500. Right now, some 500 off-post rooms a day are needed; that need, he added, will also grow.
Morrow: Even after we build the off-post requirement, we'll have increased to 887-890 or so students.
The new lodging facility at Fort Lee is expected to open in mid-2012.
John Ogle, WCVE News