November 18, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Senate Approval of $13.6 Million in Military Construction Funding for New Army Reserve Center in Rochester

Funding Included in Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill Approved by U.S. Senate

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate has approved the Fiscal Year 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which includes $13.6 million to construct an Army Reserve Center in Rochester.

Now that the bill has been approved by the full Senate, it will go into conference with the House version before going back to the Senate and House and on to the President.

"The establishment of an Army Reserve Center in Rochester will be a critical new resource for homeland security and New York's emergency preparedness, and I am pleased to see this important funding has moved one step closer to fruition," Schumer said. "This new facility will provide the men and women of the Army Reserve with a central location for mobilization of guard and reserve forces that have been at the frontline in our nation's defense."

"These critical federal dollars will help to upgrade our military facilities while creating good-paying jobs right here in New York," said Senator Gillibrand.  "Creating jobs in New York is my number one priority.  This funding will strengthen our economic recovery efforts and ensure our men and women in uniform have the very best facilities and opportunities.  They and their families have sacrificed for all of us and owe them for their incredible service."

The funds will be used to construct an Army Reserve Center (ARC) in Rochester, which will include administrative and organizational buildings designed to house headquarters, arms rooms and logistics/supply rooms. When these facilities are completed, units will have modern and revitalized facilities from which to support their missions.  The buildings will be of permanent construction with reinforced concrete foundations, concrete floor slabs, structural steel frames, masonry veneer walls, standing seam metal roof, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, mechanical systems, security systems, and electrical systems. Supporting facilities include land clearing, paving, fencing, general site improvements, and extension of utilities to serve project. Accessibility for the disabled will be provided.