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Construction of new Army Reserve facility begins

Cross post from HatCityBLOG

After years of planning, addressing resident concerns, and compromise, today the U.S. Army Reserve broke ground on their new facility at the Lee Farm property on Wooster Heights Road.

Here’s an overview of the new facility (via U.S. Army Reserve handout):

  • Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) with approximately 96,000 square feet, joint vehicle maintenance shop with approximately 18,000 square feet, and unheated storage building with approximately 3,000 square feet.
  • This Armed Forces Reserve Center replaces the United States Army Reserve Centers in Danbury, Fairfield, and Waterbury CT., as well as the Connecticut Army National Guard Armories in Naugatuck and Norwalk.
  • It is estimated that 1,000 Army Reserve and Connecticut National Guard soldiers will utilize the new complex on rotating schedules.
  • The new complex incorporates all the Reserve’s latest training and administration requirements while using an array of sustainability concepts.
  • Total project of 33.8 million was awarded to Korte-Fusco Joint Ventures of St. Louis, Missouri on August 31, 2011.
  • This AFRC is part of construction undertaken as a direct result of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendations made in 2005.

From earlier today, here’s video highlights of the ceremony.