MDA Housing Market and Cost-benefit Analyses

MDA Housing Market and Cost-benefit Analyses

RDN prepared Housing Market Analyses (HMAs) for both the proposed Polish European Interceptor Site (EIS) and the Czech Republic European Midcourse Radar (EMR) Site for the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Missile Defense Agency (MDA).  These economic studies were for installations that were still in the planning stages and which were highly controversial with the Polish and Czech population at local and national levels.

The HMA evaluates the availability of housing for both accompanied and unaccompanied military personnel, government civilians, and contractors stationed at both installations in Poland and the Czech Republic.  Following methodology approved by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and a market analytical model developed and refined in-house, RDN analysts provided key information for the initial planning stages of these large-scale strategic operations.  The analyses began with thorough on-site data collection and evaluation of existing conditions at the two proposed locations and surrounding communities.  RDN provided detailed analysis and information on local economic conditions, rental housing characteristics, availability of suitable quality rental housing for US personnel, infrastructure, and compatibility with forecast demand of varying levels and demographic mixes of US personnel. 

Three options were evaluated which provide temporary housing, administration, and support facilities for US military personnel for a two-year period.  The options included re-use and refurbishment of eight existing facilities, a man camp, and renting apartments in the local market area.  Following multiple planning charrettes, on-site investigation reports, an evaluation of existing conditions, and the conduct of two HMAs, it was determined that the most cost-effective option would be renting housing in surrounding communities.