New Site For Parkersburg Armory

By: Brittany Lowe Email
By: Brittany Lowe Email

UPDATED: 2/23/13
The Parkersburg National Guard Armory has been in the works for just over a year now.

Throughout the year public forums have been held with architects and officials to work on a lay out. The facility is expected to hold a maximum of 35-hundred people.

The basic drawing of the building is done but they expect it to take another 12 months to have the official drawings and plans done for the public building.

The public building is expected to cost around 9 million dollars, the group currently has one million. The entire building including national guard part will equal out to being around 40 million dollars.

If all goes as planned they hope to have the public building open the summer of 2014. They expect another four to five years for the rest of the building, the national guard part.

UPDATED: 2-9-12

The new Parkersburg Armory will soon sit on the WVU-Parkersburg campus.

All those involved say after years of planning-- it's a sigh of relief.
A new partnership leaves many benefiting.

"They would relocate out there to have the classroom space, it would be their readiness center and it would also have areas to work on their equipment and store their equipment, but it would primarily be their headquarters," says the President of WVU-P's Board of Governors, Joe Campbell.

Along with the National Guard-- the College would have extra space for classrooms and the community could enjoy events.

Mayor Bob Newell says while the new Armory will be an asset the old Armory on Blizzard Drive will also be just as beneficial.

"And what they will turn that into is a Reset Center or in other words they will contract with a private company to refurbish military equipment and that will create 50 very well paying jobs and maybe 100 in the future," explains Mayor Newell.

Campbell says by putting the new Armory in an open location the building will have room to grow.

"Talk about a facilities plan, to construct an arena if you will. I'm not talking about a huge arena something that could be used for club sports and student activities for graduations and other activities that are out there that need a little bigger room that we have it," says Campbell.

The Armory is expected to take at least five years for the initial planning.
All those involved say after years of planning-- it's time to get started.

"It would be a good fit out there at the college with the event center, there will be some meeting space and I think it would compliment the college and the college would compliment the armory," says Mayor Newell.

Mayor Bob Newell says there is already three million dollars set aside by former Congressman Alan Mollohan for the initial construction.
Mayor Newell says the next step is to continue with Federal Funding.

The Parkersburg National Guard Armory will soon sit on the campus of WVU-Parkersburg.

WVU-P's Board of Governors officially offered the site to the National Guard February 8th.

The WV National Guard officially accepted February 9.

The new armory will take nearly five years to get started but officials involved tell WTAP- News they are very excited for this new beginning and partnership.

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  • by Wirt1 Location: Elizabeth on Feb 14, 2012 at 08:12 PM
    How does the armory at WVU-P benefit Parkersburg. This a a great benefit mostly just for the college.
  • by Betty L. Location: Parkersburg on Feb 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM
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      by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:19 AM in reply to Betty L.
      I'm pretty sure the armory would construct its own parking lot. Not really sure what Jessica Lynch would have anything to do with making it a cluster...
  • by Supporter Location: Parkersburg on Feb 10, 2012 at 09:41 AM
    What's wrong with the old location, it is old, outdated and small. That armory was built 60 years ago. It will not be shutting down though, a new unit has been formed that will reside in the "old" armory. The new armory will have modern, up to date equipment while also serving as a type of convention center. Google the Summersville armory and how they use it there. This one will imitate the design and functions. By the way, anything we build to allow our military to train and function more efficiently is NEVER a waste of taxpayer dollars. It is those guys who maintain the ability to be able to have our varied opinions.
  • by judd Location: little hocking ohio on Feb 10, 2012 at 05:57 AM
    Whats wrong with the ols site? Did they wear it out? Big waste of taxpayer dollars. Rebuild on the land you have and if you need more, just buy it.
  • by jas Location: parkersburg on Feb 10, 2012 at 02:21 AM
    Another great decision hah!
  • by Ten on Feb 9, 2012 at 06:33 PM
    What happens when we are on high Alert like at the old armory and you couldnt park any where near and they had cement barriers do they just cancel class till things Settel down
  • by davemo Location: Southside on Feb 9, 2012 at 03:38 PM
    Easy access to the interstate is a good thing. Having the Armory at the college is not. What is wrong with the property at Boreman? I have been out of the loop on this for a while, but I think that is the better location.
  • by aknar Location: Marietta on Feb 9, 2012 at 03:01 PM
    What happened to the idea of it being on the old Fort Boreman site???
  • by 47 is not the speed limit Location: Davisville on Feb 9, 2012 at 01:41 PM
    Great, slow moving military vehicles on Wood County's highway of death.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 at 06:22 AM in reply to 47 is not the speed limit
      Yeah, add that to the resident elderly drivers and the college kids who slept in and are running late.
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