New National Guard center to be built in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) - The state Military Department has decided to build a new $33.6 million National Guard readiness center at its headquarters in Lakewood's Camp Murray.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports ( the decision is a blow to the city of Buckley, which had been lobbying to bring the project.

Military Department spokeswoman Karina Shagren says the new plan will bring about 40 full-time employees to Camp Murray, and another 339 citizen soldiers will use it for weekend training events.

The decision is a disappointment to Buckley-area leaders who wanted to make more use of the state's Rainier School for the developmentally disabled. The school has faced closure threats for years.

State Republican Sen. Pam Roach says she hoped to bring jobs to Buckley, but nonetheless the readiness center will benefit the state and Pierce County.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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