Saturday, June 19, 2004

Work to begin on Guard armory

By Liz Oakes
The Cincinnati Enquirer

WOODLAWN - The village plans to break ground today on a long-planned $15.5 million National Guard training and community center that will eventually shutter armories in Hartwell and North Avondale.

• What: Groundbreaking ceremony for Woodlawn National Guard Training and Community Center.
• Time: 2-4 p.m. today. • Place: Grove Road and Woodlawn Boulevard; reception to follow at Woodlawn Municipal Building's multipurpose room.
• Information: (513) 771-6130.
"Our (recreation) programs have really grown. We're in need of a place for our kids and adults," said Marjie Dogan, Woodlawn's director of community services, parks and recreation.

Dogan said the village began working with the National Guard in October 2001 to bring a community center to the village, which now runs some programs out of the municipal swimming pool offices.

Woodlawn is spending about $2 million from its general fund toward the 113,000-square-foot center. The federal government is providing $10.1 million and the state, $3.4 million.

Almost 90 percent of the building will be used by about 600 soldiers on weekends from five units of engineer and air defense battalions and medical and cavalry units.

Woodlawn will have a gymnasium, auditorium and senior center in its part of the building and will be able to use the National Guard gymnasium when soldiers aren't there for drills, military officials say. The Guard has designed a $4.6 million addition for the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County to build on a branch in the future, said Col. Richard J. Dreiman, assistant quartermaster general for the Guard.


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