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Wausau city council votes on Armory annexation tonight

The National Guard armory in Wausau
The National Guard armory in Wausau

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – The Wisconsin Army National Guard will ask the Wausau City Council for final approval tonight to annex some property from the town of Maine for a proposed armory and field maintenance shop.

The city’s Plan Commission agreed to the annexation last month. The commission also recommended the Council zone the land as an interchange business district.

The Guard needs the annexation before the state Building Commission agrees to let the military buy the 48 acres of private property near Mills Fleet Farm from Tom Nieuwenhuis.

The purchase is a critical step in the Guard’s plan to secure $12 million in congressional funds. The Guard must have 35 percent of the final design done and meet all required environmental assessments by October 1st to get the money.

The new facility, which will be built in several phases, will replace the existing armory on 17th Avenue that the Guard has outgrown.