The Navy, along with a private corporation, are remodeling Navy housing in Groton near the Sub Base:
Groton — The Navy and a contractor broke ground on a housing complex Wednesday that represents the first step in developing more than $600 million of new and renovated units in the Northeast that officials predicted will be popular with sailors.
GMH will spend more than $600 million over the next six years in Navy communities stretching from Lakehurst, N.J., to Brunswick, Maine. In Groton, it will build 122 new three- and four-bedroom townhouses on the former Nautilus III North, replacing 124 three-bedroom units; 119 homes for senior enlisted people and officers in Dolphin Gardens; and 44 three- and four-bedroom townhouses on the former Cherry Circle mobile home park. All the projects are slated to be finished by next spring.
In addition, 427 units in Nautilus Park, Conning Towers and Polaris Park will be renovated, with new kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms, as well as new lighting, flooring, paint and carpets.
All of the rumors coming out of Washington seem to indicate that the Sub Base will be closed during base realignment within a year or so. Supposedly the Navy wants to move the entire Atlantic sub fleet to Norfolk. There have also been a few muted concerns that closing the base would be punishment for Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT2), who has been a vocal opponent of several of the Administration's policies.
Now the question is whether the Navy would spend millions of dollars upgrading facilities around a base, then close it. Maybe. But then again, it may be a sign that the base will stay open after all. Here's hoping.
Hamilton, Robert. "Navy Breaks Ground On New Housing". New London Day 17 February 2005. (registration required)