CORNING, Iowa- Last week Iowa National Guard officials paid a visit to Corning to inform them of the decision to close the local Guard Armory. The announcement was made Monday, the unit located here, Detachment 1, Company B, 1st Battalion, of the 168th Infantry, would be locating to Camp Dodge in Des Moines.
Now that the word is out, the Adams Community Economic Development Corporation is working to find a buyer for the building. It was constructed in 1993, and is located on a piece of ground on the west edge of town.
“Definitely we look at it as an opportunity, it’s a great facility, there’s plenty of land there,” said Beth Waddle, of the Adams Community Economic Development Corporation. “We’re looking at into grow our economy, and get it on the tax rolls.”
Corning, like many towns is looking for growth. The main issue here is having enough manufacturing workers for current employers. The hope is a small operation of some kind can use the Armory building as a base of operation.
The building this week is quiet as Guard members are away for training.
The Iowa Guard is working on a sales price, and has shared operating costs for developers to use in seeking a new owner for the structure.
The Iowa National Guard has closed 12 facilities around Iowa in recent years, in an effort to consolidate to Camp Dodge, which is centrally located in Iowa.
“We can’t say enough for the 168 th infantry,and what they’ve done, that’s not only for our community, but for our country and their service,” said Waddle.