Contracting issue delays McLeansville Army Reserve Center construction

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MCLEANSVILLE, N.C. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says construction will soon start back up on the new Army Reserve Center in McLeansville.

The $16 million project was supposed to be done by the summer of 2014, but construction stopped several months ago when it was only 65 percent complete.

Public Affairs Specialist Carol Labashosky says construction stalled due to an issue with their contractor.

"When the Army Reserve restructures, it’s important for national security for Army Reserve Centers to be on a schedule so the soldiers have an updated facility to train at. It was prudent for the U.S. Corps of Engineers to find a contractor that was able to keep up with the schedule," said Labashosky.

Now, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers is working with a new contractor to have the project done by the end of 2015.

"The new training facility will offer up-to-date technology, space and opportunities for the soldiers to better serve the country when they deploy," said Labashosky.

Labashosky says 600 Army reservists will come to the center for weekends at a time to receive logistics training and combat support hospital medical training. The site will also have a storage facility.

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