New Army Reserve center to house 3 W.Va. units

NORTON (AP) — A $15.5 million Armed Forces Reserve Center in Randolph County is nearly finished and should open within weeks.

Delegate Bill Hartman tells The Inter-Mountain of Elkins that only security lighting and minor jobs need to be completed.

He calls the facility off Corridor H near Norton a beautiful building and says he envisions it serving as not only a military facility but a civic center. It will be available for rentals.

The 50,000-square-foot building will house Detachment 1 of the 646 Quartermasters and 388 Quartermasters. Those units are currently in Beverly.

It will also house Battery A of the 201st Field Artillery, now in Elkins.

Hartman says about 180 soldiers will be based in Norton and have access to classrooms, computer labs, a fitness center and a recreation room.

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