MICHIGAN CITY | Construction recently began on a new U.S. Army Reserve training center in Michigan City.
The $15 million facility to be completed in the fall of 2013 is among the reserve centers getting built or upgraded to accommodate an influx of reservists from soldiers coming off active duty, said Carol Labashosky, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers based in Louisville, Ky.
The construction is occurring on a 15-acre parcel at Pahs Road and Woodland Avenue.
Labashosky said the site will contain a 40,000-square-foot reserve center building, a 10,000-square-foot vehicle maintenance shop and a 2,000-square-foot storage building.
In some instances, new reserve centers will be going up to replace existing facilties that are old and cannot be updated.
The existing Army Reserve Center in Kingsbury does not contain the space necessary to accommodate the growth in reservists and equipment, but will continue to operate in its current capacity.
"It's an additional facility," said Randy Belden, a public affairs officer with the group. The complex will accommodate as many as 300 reservists from the 88th Regional Support Command out of Fort McCoy, Wis., which consists of reservists from 19 states, Belden said.
Reservists will be in and out of the new reserve center year round for mandated training of one weekend a month and two weeks during a 12-month period.
Labashosky said the new reserve center will be for training reservists in areas like record keeping, fuel and transportation.
No training involving combat will occur at the new reserve center.
"It's an administrative type of facility," said Labashosky.
Other features of the new reserve center will include a library, learning center, administrative offices and fitness center.
"It's kind of like a campus type setup," she said.