FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2009
Maj. Keith Moore
Public Affairs Officer
Arkansas National Guard
City Planners unveil image of new Guard Readiness Center in Cabot
CABOT, Ark.: -- The Arkansas National Guard along with members of a project planning board today unveiled the architects drawing of a new National Guard Readiness Center planned for the City of Cabot.
The new Guard Readiness Center is estimated to cost $8.2 million for construction. It will be a 35,500 square-foot facility which will house the F-Company, of the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's Brigade Support Battalion. The facility will also include a large 5,800 square-foot drill hall, a kitchen facility able to support 350, dividable classroom space for 100, a physical fitness room and administrative, storage and maintenance areas for vehicles and equipment.
Cabot Mayor Eddie Joe Williams said "This is one of the biggest things to come to Cabot in a number of years. We are excited that the Guard has decided to locate a facility in Cabot."
Maj. Gen. William Wofford, adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard said that Cabot had asked several times to have a unit located in Cabot, but that Guard leadership at the time said "Cabot just can't support a unit." He added that the growth of the City of Cabot and the number of military members living in the Cabot area convinced the Guard to reconsider in 2006.
"When we started trying to plan this facility we figured it would take five to seven years to get the plan approved and the funding forecasted into the federal budget," Williams said. "But, thanks to the hard work of many of the members of the planning board and our congressional representatives, we are nearing reality on this project."
Wofford said that the planning and engineering phase should be complete and ready to break ground for construction by June or July this summer, with construction estimated to take approximately 12 to 15 months depending on weather delays during construction.
The new facility and the unit located in Cabot is expected to bring an annual economic impact of just over $1 million to the community through payroll for unit members as well as general operations and maintenance expenses for the facility and equipment.
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New Cabot Armory
The architects' rendering of a proposed National Guard Readiness Center to be built later this year in Cabot. Planners unveiled the new facility at a ceremony on Tuesday. The project is an $8.2 million construction project and is slated for completion in the fall of 2010.
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