Taxi and parking help near, Yongsan community is told
August 28, 2008
Relief is on the way for U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan members who find themselves waiting for taxis, parking spaces and even on-post housing, officials say.
During Tuesday’s monthly community forum, commander Col. Dave Hall and a panel of other garrison officials addressed those topics.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service manager Shawn Dorcy had good and bad news for those looking for a promised increase in base taxis. Fourteen should be on the streets by the end of the week, he said, but the other 14 probably won’t be ready until late next week.
The taxis were supposed to be in business by Aug. 20, but delays in getting post passes for the drivers and putting decals on cabs have left long lines at base taxi stands.
Also delayed until next week is completion of the long-anticipated parking lot near Seoul American Elementary School.
Acting public works director John Ghim said recent rains have slowed construction on the lot, which is being built to ease parking problems caused by a surge in the school’s enrollment.
He said an overflow parking lot for the post exchange also should be ready in two weeks.
Housing manager Carol Jones announced relief for captains and senior warrant officers, saying the garrison will open on-post housing at Itaewon Acres to them. That housing area, near the gas station, previously was open only to higher ranking officers.
Jones said the change was made because Hannam Village is full and the housing office had been forced to issue a number of certificates of nonavailability, allowing the captains and warrant officers to rent off-post.
Hall said the garrison pays about $20,000 a year to lease the houses at Itaewon Acres, even if they stand vacant. The garrison pays nearly double that for each captain and warrant officer living off base. Hall said the move will save the garrison about $250,000 a year.
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