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New military training base to be built in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Hundreds of military members will be heading to Richland monthly for a new National Guard training base.

The city of Richland signed a contract with the State of Washington Military Department Tuesday night to sell 40 acres of land in the Horn Rapids industrial park.

A 42,000 square foot training center will be built on the corner of 1st Street and Polar Way.

City officials tell Action News that for one weekend each month, this base should bring in 200 military members from around the state, benefiting both the military and the area's economy.

“We really welcome this partnership with the national guard and helping their efforts,” said Richland’s Economic Development Manager Zach Ratkai, adding “I know the community of Richland, and the entire Tri-Cities, would open the doors to the service members coming every month. They would certainly able to utilize all of the great amended we have here in the city."

The $1.6 million project is expected to be complete in 2022.

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