National Guard discontinues Sandpoint armory project | News
The Idaho Army National Guard announced that it is discontinuing a project to build a new Readiness Center near Sandpoint. The project has been in the works since 2008.
The decision to end the armory project was due to a lack of federal funding. The Guard has been using a temporary building on the construction site one weekend a month for the training of about 40 soldiers.
“The Idaho Army National Guard sincerely appreciates the generous cooperation and support from the City of Sandpoint and Bonner County to build this Readiness Center,” said Major General Gary Sayler, Idaho Adjutant General and commander, Idaho National Guard. “Considering all of the conditions and variables, we feel this action is the most prudent option for our organization.”
The maintenance for the temporary building cost between $50,000 and $60,000 a year and it was decided that is was more economical to close the temporary facility and end the plan for a permanent one. Soldiers that trained there will begin training at the Post Falls National Guard armory as part of the 145 Brigade Support Battalion. The Idaho Army National Guard says that they will coordinate with Sandpoint to return the ownership of the property.