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Armory nearing completion
National Guard will use it as regional readiness center
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Forsyth County News

Contruction of a new National Guard Armory in Cumming remains on track to finish in late spring.

Everett Thompson, chief building official with the city of Cumming, said the facility, which is being built off Pilgrim Mill Road, is “getting pretty close.”

“Actually this week, I’ve been kind of walking through with them on the interior, not a final walk-through per se, but kind of a courtesy walk-through,” Thompson said.

The armory is across from the Cumming Aquatic Center and near the University Center | GA 400 campus and Department of Driver Services.

The new facility, which is being built by Cooper Construction, will be about 104,000 square feet, which surpasses the size of the current armory on Hwy. 20, west of Cumming, by more than 80,000 square feet.

The project costs about $26 million, with 75 percent of the funding coming from the federal government and the remaining 25 from state sources. The city donated the land on which the new structure sits.

The armory, which once complete will serve as a regional readiness center for the National Guard, features a number of amenities.

Among them: an auditorium; several breakout rooms for training; a number of offices; and kitchen and living areas for National Guardsmen, as many as 300 of whom may be stationed periodically at the facility.

“They’ve got all their furniture installed in the larger areas where they’re going to have mass seating,” Thompson said. “The auditorium is pretty much done and the kitchen area, all of that is done. So yeah, they’re coming along well.”

Mostly all that remains to be done, he said, is outside.

“They still have some exterior work as far as landscaping and everything that the weather’s kind of got them held up on, but they’re getting very close.”