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Pasco Army Reserve Center Closes

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PASCO, Wash. - The Daniel Wagneaar United States Army Reserve Center on Ainsworth Avenue in Pasco is expected to close and there are a few ideas about what should be done with the building.

The Port of Pasco has organized an advisory committee that is looking at options for the facility.

The Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin County Bobbie Littrell said, "There is a large veteran population here and I believe their homeless needs and medical needs aren't being met as they could be."

The Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin County want to turn the US Army Reserve building into a place that could house 44 homeless veterans.  Littrell said it would provide them with shelter and medical assistance.

Littrell said, "The homeless needs in Benton and Franklin County aren't being met so it should be a priority in this area."

The Port of Pasco reported that other groups are interested in obtaining the building.  The Port of Pasco had a number of ideas for administrative offices and the Northwest Laborers Trust expressed interest in opening a facility to train union workers.

The Port of Pasco Director of Planning and Engineering said there is a committee looking at the different ideas but ultimately it is not their decision.  Director Randy Hayden said, "The army will decide on who will actually get the building based on community development plans."  He said the building will not be ready until 2009 and said it is a very long planning process.

The US Army Reserve Building is still in operation and there is no set timeline as to when it will officially close.

Port of Pasco said there will be public hearings in March for anyone interested in expressing their opinion as to what should be done with the building.