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Former Waynesboro National Guard Armory being put up for sale

July 03, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Waynesboro's former armory off Pa. 316/Grant Street is one of 11 Pennsylvania National Guard buildings being put up for sale under legislation awaiting Gov. Tom Corbetts signature.
Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania National Military Museum

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Offered as is: 16,400-square-foot building previously used by troops preparing to defend the country. This property features a big yard, a long driveway and a great location near the community pool.

Waynesboro’s former armory off Pa. 316/Grant Street is one of 11 Pennsylvania National Guard buildings being put up for sale under legislation awaiting Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature. His spokeswoman indicated he will sign the bill.

The 10-acre site in Waynesboro was vacated in 2010 when guardsmen moved into a new readiness center in South Mountain, Pa. The armory, which was built in 1936, remains on the National Register of Historic Places.

The state will accept bids for the property for six months, according to state Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin.

“The minimum bid is $570,000,” he said.

A potential buyer can knock 20 percent off the purchase price by agreeing to preserve the exterior facade of the building for 25 years, Rock said.

Municipal entities that previously explored buying the armory seem to have lost interest, Rock said. Local police and fire departments had looked at the property in recent years.

One or two private developers have mentioned they are continuing to pursue it, Rock said.

Requirements associated with historical preservation make it difficult to move a business in there, he said.

Bid documents will be made available to potential buyers. Rock said his office can assist those individuals with finding the documents if needed.

State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland, said the armories and a former firing range were part of a traditional land conveyance bill.

“The administration is making a concerted effort to liquidate unused properties,” Kauffman said.

The other armories are in Altoona, Lancaster, Lackawanna, Blair, Centre, Columbia, Elk, Huntingdon, McKean and Northumberland counties, according to the Associated Press.

The AP reported taxpayers pay more than $250,000 per year on average for utilities at the armories that are up for sale.

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