Broken Arrow Takes Over Ownership Of Old Armed Forces Reserve Center

Thursday, September 15th 2011, 2:00 pm
By: News On 6

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -- The military handed the keys of the old Armed Forces Reserve Center on North 6th Street in Broken Arrow over to the city Thursday morning.

As part of the ceremony, the flag flying at the center was retired.

After the center's renovation is complete, the city will use the 60,000-square-foot complex as its Emergency Operation Center.

The state gave the city the armory with the stipulation it would be used as a public safety complex.

Voters approved a $5 million bond issue in April for renovations of the facility.

Broken Arrow Fire Chief Jeff VanDolah says this donation is great for their city.

The new Armed Forces Reserve Center, located on 101st East Avenue east of U.S. Highway 51, is one of seven in the state approved as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission.