- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

TROUTVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Virginia National Guard has secured a 57-acre site of a former state correctional facility in Botetourt (BAHT’-uh-tawt) County as a future readiness center.

The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1d85Aus ) says the Guard hasn’t had a fixed presence in the region since 2009.

The Guard said in a news release it accepted the property and recorded the deed on Monday for the former Botetourt Correctional Center.

While a final timeline has not been established, Lt. Col. Charlton Dunn said units and soldiers could be moving into the center in October 2016.

The site is next to the Virginia State Police shooting range and a Virginia Department of Transportation regional maintenance facility.

The Guard removed soldiers from the Roanoke Valley in 2009 when the city closed and demolished an aging armory.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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