Housing lacking for Fort Bliss influx

There are 13 comments on the El Paso Times story from Oct 26, 2009, titled Housing lacking for Fort Bliss influx. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Few of the 8,000 apartments Fort Bliss officials say are needed for new soldiers have been built, putting El Paso in what a city planner called "a state of urgency" for military housing.

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Lone Ranger

El Paso, TX

#1 Oct 27, 2009
"Build it and they will come" Let us build smarter by looking at new innovated ways to build greener, faster and with less of an impact on the environment. There are many ways to build with new building technologies available Rostra Walls, SIP. Panels and Strata panels, just to mention a few. These go up quickly and provide a major savings on utility bills and labor to install compared to the conventional methods profiled in your story. These wood frames with brick exterior make perfect chimneys should a fire break out and they do not perform well when trying to heat or cool these units.
Proud To Live in El Paso

El Paso, TX

#2 Oct 27, 2009
The agrument was let's give them tax incentives so that apartments can be built for the incoming military personnel. I agree with the tax incentives if the apartments are for the military. If the apartments are for anyone that whats to rent them, then no tax incentives.
work together

El Paso, TX

#4 Oct 27, 2009
Why not get together with home owners and rent the already vacant homes. There seems to be an abundance of empty houses in El Paso. It could solve two problem with one solution. There must be a problem with this idea, because I can't be the only person who is thinking in this direction.
Rey

AOL

#5 Oct 27, 2009
Just a scar tactic to make people change their minds about the tax breaks. We have so many empty houses now and as for the rent, it is already inflated and the places are DUMPS. They are just greedy.

Build and they will come? If that is about the military, they are already on the way. If you are referring to the civilians, it is wise to create REAL JOBS and they will come. After all you cant pay unless you have a job. Plus who wants to live in an overpriced dump. The rents INCREASED as soon as they heard about the influx of military.
orale

Iraq

#6 Oct 27, 2009
your biting the hand that feeds you. Build, build , build!

“Feel The Force”

Since: Dec 08

El Paso, TX

#7 Oct 27, 2009
Proud To Live in El Paso wrote:
The agrument was let's give them tax incentives so that apartments can be built for the incoming military personnel. I agree with the tax incentives if the apartments are for the military. If the apartments are for anyone that whats to rent them, then no tax incentives.
The apartments would have to be for anyone who wants to rent them, because they can't discriminate towards military only.
Rey

AOL

#8 Oct 27, 2009
No, I am biting the hand that takes, takes at taxpayer expense to profit the builders.
Rey

AOL

#9 Oct 27, 2009
Off topic, Patriot, did you read the Playboy arictle where Byrd states the incoming FT soldiers are more dangerous to EP than the cartels? Then pointed pointed out all the seedy places in town not once saying anyting good about EP.

Isnt NE EP, her district, mainly military active and retiree?

“Feel The Force”

Since: Dec 08

El Paso, TX

#10 Oct 27, 2009
Rey wrote:
Off topic, Patriot, did you read the Playboy arictle where Byrd states the incoming FT soldiers are more dangerous to EP than the cartels? Then pointed pointed out all the seedy places in town not once saying anyting good about EP.
Isnt NE EP, her district, mainly military active and retiree?
I can't believe Playboy would even bother to come down here to be honest with you. Especially to do an interview.

In answer though, no. I didn't even know about it.
Caramel

El Paso, TX

#11 Oct 27, 2009
I am sure the calculation is based on the amount of rentals available in the area. Obviously there is a need for more apartments since the amount of soldiers and family members is likely to surpass the amount of available rentals. We are military and we chose to purchase a home here in 2002. This area has seen a huge growth in military homeownwers as well as renters. As soon as they empty they are rented very quickly but this may not be enough for those who are going to reside off post.
Rey

AOL

#12 Oct 27, 2009
Go to Newspaper Tree, in the Blog section and read the article yourself. Same for others, draw your own conclusions.
EBTT

Honolulu, HI

#13 Oct 28, 2009
The problem for military bases is sure they bring alot of jobs but, they bring down the value of the surrounding area. Name a base that doesnt have sketchy neighborhoods in the outlining area.

“Feel The Force”

Since: Dec 08

El Paso, TX

#14 Oct 29, 2009
EBTT wrote:
The problem for military bases is sure they bring alot of jobs but, they bring down the value of the surrounding area. Name a base that doesnt have sketchy neighborhoods in the outlining area.
Hilarious. Name a city, any city, in the WORLD that doesn't have sketchy neighborhoods at all. It's not a military thing. It's a civilization thing. The Haves need the Have Nots to do the things they don't want to do. The Have nots need a place to live too, and aren't paid well enough to live in the Malibu-esque locales. Pinning that on the military is simply ignorant.

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