Businesses expect boom after Fort Monmouth move-in

Plans to convert the decommissioned Fort Monmouth base into housing for residents displaced by Sandy is good news not just to those moving in, but

Local businesses like Players Billiards in Eatontown say they've been getting a lot more customers lately.

Local businesses like Players Billiards in Eatontown say they've been getting a lot more customers lately. (12/11/12)

EATONTOWN - Plans to convert the decommissioned Fort Monmouth base into housing for residents displaced by Sandy is good news not just to those moving in, but to local businesses too.

Local businesses like Players Billiards in Eatontown say they've been getting a lot more customers lately.

Families left homeless by the storm are moving into nearby hotels and are causing an uptick in business for local establishments.

That customer base is set to increase once renovations on 45 units on the former military base are complete and ready for occupancy by the end of next week.

FEMA is also working to rehab another 130 Fort Monmouth units over the course of the next month, allowing even more new residents to move in.

Local business owners say that they struggled to keep their doors open when the base originally closed, taking a large chunk of their customers with it.

For them, plans to renovate the units and provide long-term housing options for displaced families, is a win-win.  

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