Funding Issues And the Readiness Center

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Federal funding was expected for by 2016 for the proposed West Virginia National Guard Readiness Center.

But the county commission was told Monday that probably won't happen right away.

Developers of the $40 million project are confident the funding will happen. But they don't know when that might be.

Their contingency right now.: do the project in phases.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg, where the complex will be located, has committed $4 million for the complex.

It would not only serve the National Guard, but include a multi-purpose community meeting and entertainment complex.

What its backers propose: begin the first phase now, using county money...then get reimbursement in federal dollars later on.

"Even if it's paid for initially locally, that money will be reimbused when the federal funding becomes available," said architect Adam Krason.

But, asked Commissioner Steve Gainer, what if it's never available?

Krason responded, "That's a risk you would take if you move forward. Then, you would be funding it locally."

The project's architect has made some changes in the plans, to reduce costs.

But the commissioners remain skeptical about funding, considering the county continues to face a tight budget for the foreseeable future.

While the project is far from being on hold, there's no construction planned any time in the future.

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