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New National Guard Armory planned in York

New $11 million facility would be more than double the size of current Armory with plenty of room for growth.

David Weissman
717-505-5431/@DispatchDavid

The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is planning an $11 million project to build a new National Guard Armory on a cross section of West Manchester and Jackson townships.

"(The current facility) is old and not energy efficient," Nissley said. "(The new facility) will be better equipped to handle troops and give us more room to grow."The facility would replace the current armory at 369 N. George St. in York City, which was built in 1912, according to department spokeswoman Joan Nissley.

The National Guard Armory in York City. (Bill Kalina - The York Dispatch)

The current plan is to begin construction in October 2016 on the new 30,000-square-foot building on 21 acres along Stoverstown Road. Completion would be expected in late 2018, Nissley said.

The current building is 13,500 square feet on 0.5 acres downtown and houses Company C, 628th Support Battalion of 28th Infantry Division, which has about 110 soldiers, Nissley said.

The property will not be sold, though, until the new armory is completed because troops are still using it. When it is sold, the money would go to the State Armory Board, which funds maintenance and improvements to current properties.The facility is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Department of General Services, which serves as the real estate entity for the property, is prepared to sell it for 20 percent less than market value in exchange for accepting the historic preservation covenant, according to Nissley.

The new $11 million project would be funded by a combination of state and federal funds, though Nissley said she didn't know what the breakdown was between the two.

Land-development plans are still being reviewed by the West Manchester and Jackson township boards, Nissley said, but both municipalities' planning commissions have approved its recommendation.

Contact David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.