Here is an update from the Stars & Stripes on the progress of the USFK transformation plan in Daegu:
U.S. and South Korean officials are in a key stage of negotiations that would see a portion of land at the Camp Walker heliport returned to South Korea, the Army said Wednesday.Negotiators for the U.S. military, South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense and Daegu city are meeting this week to work out details for the eventual handover of about 17 acres at the Walker Army Heliport, also known as H-805, in Daegu, said Philip A. Molter, spokesman for the U.S. Army Garrison-Daegu. The heliport occupies 27 acres.
Daegu city authorities have been eager for years to regain control of a portion of the heliport so they can lay a road through the area, a measure called for in the city’s master plan, said James C. Hamilton, who is representing U.S. Forces Korea in the negotiations.
“So we are aggressively negotiating the details,” said Hamilton, who is also the garrison’s director of public works.
The United States agreed to return part of the heliport as part of its 2002 Land Partnership Plan with South Korea, Hamilton said, The plan calls for the United States to gradually close dozens of its installations and return them to South Korea.
Eventually, the U.S. military will consolidate its forces into two enduring hubs, one anchored at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, the other in the Daegu region, said David Oten, spokesman for U.S. Forces Korea.
The Army will first hand back about 5.5 acres of the heliport, probably by early next year, Hamilton said. [Stars & Stripes]
You can read the rest at the link, but this reminds me quite a bit of when Camp Red Cloud handed over a portion of the front of the camp to the Uijongbu government to build a new highway overpass that was of great benefit to the city.