Federal funding helping build armory in Boone Co.

By Sara Gouedy - bio | email

BURLINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Federal funding is helping build a new Kentucky National Guard Armory in Boone County.

That armory would drastically change the landscape at the corner of Conrad lane and Bullittsville Road. The armory site will take up about 35 acres and be next to the county jail.

"Northern Kentucky is a very, very, very rich area in terms of mining army guard recruits," said Maj. General Edward Tonini.

Military leaders say about 20 guard members will work at the facility. The federal government plans to front the cost of construction, giving Boone County $20 million for the project.

Not everyone who lives around the site feels excited.

June Korte's newly built country dream home backs right up to the new armory location.

"I kind of worry that they're really getting in my backyard now," Korte said." But I kind of had mixed feeling about it. I don't know."

June says she hopes armory will only bring good things to her part of Burlington.

"We need something up here," she said. "The airport's slowing down, it might be something else to draw people to the area. I don't know."

The National Guard says it hopes to award the design contract for the armory on Jan. 1.