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Wausau city council approves annexation for Armory move

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

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – The Wausau city council has approved the annexation and zoning for a piece of the Town of Maine to serve as the new location for the National Guard Armory.

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 rezoning means work can begin on a proposed armory and field maintenance shop.

The annexation and rezoning is part of an official process to submit the project for a bid or federal funding under the next fiscal year. Lieutenant Colonel Dan Pulvermacher says 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.

At stake is 12 million dollars in federal funding to help the project forward. 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.