LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn joined federal, state and local officials on Friday to announce the acquisition of land in Dundee for a new Michigan National Guard super armory.
“This development is great news for the people of Dundee, the surrounding region and the entire state,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Once completed, the super armory will boost the local economy, improve the efficiency and sustainability of the Michigan National Guard, and support the guard’s ongoing efforts to protect our nation and respond effectively to local disasters.”
The Michigan National Guard has purchased 44 acres of land from Monroe Bank & Trust for a new super armory in Dundee.
Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard, made guard installations and armories a priority when appointed by Gov. Snyder in 2011. Vadnais directed the guard to participate in the first round of a national strategic study of armories, which generated a comprehensive report for Congress.
The study identified Dundee as a high-value area, due to a large population within an hour drive.
“I applaud the Michigan National Guard for taking this strategic step,” Zorn said. “I look forward to seeing the super armory completed as soon as possible.”
Also as a result of the study, the Michigan National Guard has divested armories that were in disrepair and costing more to maintain than they were worth.
“It is very important that we divest high cost, difficult areas to recruit and retain from, and start investing in areas and facilities that we can recruit, retain, and maintain in the future,” said Vadnais in a prepared statement. “We are proving to be smarter and more efficient with the areas we are investing in.”
Editor’s note: A satellite image of the Dundee property is attached for your use.
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