City seeking Camp Casey land for road
September 5, 2005
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Donducheon city officials say they will ask the U.S. military to give up land at Camp Casey for a road-widening project and golf course development.
Chun Myung-jo, chief of Dongducheon city’s Road and Traffic Division, said city officials plan to meet Area I commander Col. Forrest R. Newton on Wednesday to ask for the land.
A project to widen the section of road that passes Camp Casey began in 2001 and is to finish in 2007. The 26-foot-wide, two-lane road will be extended to become 65 feet wide and four lanes, he said.
The project will not directly affect Camp Casey’s front gate but will require demolishing a 200-yard section of the base’s front fence and using a 42- to 65-foot-wide strip of land inside the base, Chun said.
A sticking point is the effect of the project on barracks near the front of the camp, he said.
The city proposed building a strong concrete wall in front of the barracks as a force-protection measure. U.S. Forces Korea had asked that the city pay to relocate the barracks at an estimated cost of $26 million. That compared to a total budget of $20 million to widen the road, Chun said.
Park Kwan-sup, Donducheon city’s facility division chief, said a local landowner had proposed a golf course development next to Camp Casey but the city granting permission for the project would take at least two years. Its closeness to the military base would complicate the process, he said.
Newton confirmed he would meet the city officials, adding that he would take any proposal they gave him to 8th Army, USFK and safety officials.