Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Shuster Secures Chambersburg Army Reserve Center - CASD Land Transfer in Defense Bill

Congressman Shuster is pleased to announce that he has been successful in securing the transfer of land from the Chambersburg Army Reserve Center to the Chambersburg Area School District. Shuster inserted the language for the conveyance into the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, which will be passed by the House this week.

Last year, Congressman Shuster secured $14.9 million in military construction funding for a consolidated Army Reserve Center at Letterkenny Army Depot to replace the existing Army Reserve Center on South Sixth Street in Chambersburg. When this new facility is complete in 2011, the current reserve center in Chambersburg will be vacated. The Chambersburg Area School District has expressed its desire to acquire the existing reserve center for a variety of uses for the school district and the surrounding community.

Congressman Shuster secured language in the FY2010 Defense Authorization bill that provides for the transfer of the excess property reserve center to the school district at such time as the Army vacates the property. The House is in the midst of debating the bill and it is expected to pass the legislation by the end of the week. The legislation must then be passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President before the conveyance is finalized.

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