- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The University of New England and Maine Army National Guard are swapping properties in a deal that the two parties say has been in the works for years.

The guard is granting the university ownership of a 65,000-square-foot armory building on Stevens Avenue that is adjacent to the school’s Portland campus. The school and guard say the university took the deed to the property last week.

The university is giving the guard 29 acres of land in Saco in exchange for the facility. The parties say the guard can build a modern “readiness center” on the Saco land.

The parties say it will take several months for the guard to transition out of the Stevens Avenue armory and for the university to move in.

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