Armories Closing Across the State


West Pittston, Luzerne County (WBRE/WYOU) – The Pennsylvania Department of Military And Veterans Affairs announced they are shutting down 4 National Guard Armories in the state.  Two are in our area.  

Eyewitness News confirmed with Senator John Yudichak’s office that in a cost cutting measure the Department of Military And Veterans Affairs selected armories they felt were no longer needed.  They include East Stroudsburg and West Pittston.  The building in Luzerne County still apparently has damage from the flood of 2011, though when we stopped by there was no one authorized to let us in.  That flood seems to have a lasting impact on the borough, the Armory being the latest defeat.

Dorothy Lagrue, of West Pittston, says “why should they close it?  Is it taking up that much space?  Why have another empty building?  There is enough of them like the place next door.”  This building is expected to be closed for good by the end of the year, but it could be sooner, as it’s already being cleared out.

The other two Armories set to close are in Oil City and Kane.  Both are located in the northwestern part of the state.

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