Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on October 24, 2012 @ 9:28PM
Created on October 23, 2012 @ 6:36PM
Wednesday morning was an exciting morning for people in Upshur County. The new Buckhannon Readiness Center broke ground at its future location on Brushy Fork Road. The ground breaking comes after years of planning.
The new facility is a joint effort from city, county, state, and federal officials. Governor Tomblin joined the Upshur County Commissioners and Buckhannon city officials at the ground breaking Wednesday morning.
Omni Architects Associates designed the new building. It will be about 40,000 square feet and will cost almost $14 million dollars. The center will be home to the 601st engineer company of the W.Va. National Guard.
Not only will the national guard use the facility, community members will be able to hold banquets and other formal events there.
"This will serve both our national security interests and our community based interests is really something we, as a nation, need to be focused on when we're dealing with deficits, and dealing with the significance of making sure the citizens of the nation at the community level know when our military is in harms way. By having these community based facilities, we're that linkage to those citizens," said Major General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard.
Local officials were equally excited for the ground breaking.
"We have the federal government, the state government, the county and the city all working together to make this happen, and it's just great for Upshur County. We keep jobs in Upshur County, and the fact that we're building a conference center along with the Army National Guard is going to be great for economic development," said Vice President of the Upshur County Development Authority, Sam Nolte.
The Center is expected to be finished in a few years.
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