Rebuilding of Columbia armory to begin in 2016

Rebuilding of Columbia armory to begin in 2016

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi National Guard is moving ahead with plans to re-build the Columbia armory destroyed in last year's tornado.

National Guard officials said preliminary design work has started on a new armory, which will be slightly larger than the 28,000 square foot building on Highway 98 that sustained heavy roof and water damage in that Dec. 23, 2014 twister.

That facility had been built to replace an armory lost during Hurricane Katrina.

Col. Paul McDonald, construction and facilities management officer for the Mississippi National Guard, said the cost of the new armory would be $10-$12 million and said an architect has already been assigned to the project.

He said construction could begin in March of 2016 and said it should take about 18 months to complete.