Stark County In Line For New Military Base

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - The House of Representatives has approved a $12 million plan to build an Army Reserve center in suburban Lake Township.

Rep. Ralph Regula, R-Ohio, second-highest-ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, said Thursday that the 77,000-square-foot complex will include a training building, a vehicle maintenance shop and a warehouse.

Classrooms, administrative areas, a library, a learning center, an assembly hall and a storage center for six Army Reserve units will be part of the center planned for the AkCan Industrial Park.

The land already is owned by the Army Reserve.

"Given the new challenges to national security, we need to provide our fighting men and women with the best possible equipment and training to protect this nation," Regula said.

The funding will be final once approved by the Senate and President Bush. Construction probably would start 12 months to 18 months later.

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