It looks like the local governments in Dongducheon and Uijongbu are taking notice as well of the fact that appears that the 2nd Infantry has little interest in closing their installations by 2016:
Officials with two cities north of Seoul have expressed concern the U.S. military will not be moving out as scheduled in 2016, which would throw a wrench into the plans they have for the bases to be vacated.
“We have no anti-American sentiment — not even 0.1 percent,” said Lim Sang-o, head of the Dongducheon Municipal Assembly’s Emergency Measure Committee.
“But our government still keeps telling us nothing has been decided yet,” he said. “What’s going on between the United States and South Korea? What on earth can we believe? It’s like they’re trying to drive Dongducheon citizens into an abyss.”
U.S. Forces Korea’s 28,000 servicemembers are currently spread across more than 100 bases all over South Korea. The vast majority of those troops are scheduled to be moved in 2016 to regional hubs in Daegu and the Pyeongtaek/Osan areas, both south of Seoul. The scheduled move of American troops away from North Korea and the Demilitarized Zone is part of a multi-faceted plan designed to give the South’s military a higher profile in the defense of its country.
When the consolidation of U.S. troops is completed, plans call for more than half the American bases to be turned over to South Korean control for other uses.
However, in recent months, reports related to U.S. military units have prompted officials in Dongducheon and Uijeongbu to go public with concerns that vacating the bases in their cities will be postponed, revised or canceled. [Stars & Stripes]
You can read the rest at the link, but I think these governments make a good point that by 2ID leaving smaller forces on these bases is the worst scenario of all. This is because the local governments do not get the land and there are less soldiers to contribute to the local economy. I also found it interesting the plans to turn Camp Red Cloud into a park and Camp Stanley into a campus for Konkuk University by 2022. Camp Casey is slated to turn into a science park and university campus. It will be interesting to see over the next few years if any of this comes to fruition.