Married college students aren't the only ones who can't find housing in Provo; the Army National Guard can't either.
The Provo Armory, 222 W. 500 North, houses Company C of the 1457th Engineer Battalion and Company C of the 19th Special Forces Battalion (Airborne). However, by 1993, both those units should be housed in or close to Springville - the special forces group in the Springville armory, 125 S. 700 East, and the engineering group in the proposed new Utah County South Armory.The 1991 State Legislature approved the state's share - $1.2 million - of the construction cost of that armory, which should require an additional $3.5 million in federal funding.
City officials from Springville and Spanish Fork donated almost 20 acres of land near the Spanish Fork-Springville Airport for construction of the three-unit facility, which also will house an organization maintenance shop. Construction should begin early next year, and the facility should be completed by 1993.
When the construction is completed, Utah County's National Guard forces will undergo major relocations, according to spokesman Maj. Mike Greenwood.
Besides the Provo engineering unit - which is currently serving in Germany in support of Operation Desert Storm - the 116th Engineer Company from Springville and the 1st Battalion, 140 Field Artillery from Spanish Fork will also be housed in the new armory.
Units of the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade, which is currently leasing a facility at 931 E.300 North, will be reassigned to the Provo armory and the Spanish Fork armory, 360 N. Main, will be disposed of according to federal law, Greenwood said.
According to Greenwood, the new combined facility is being constructed to relieve overcrowded conditions at the Provo, Springville and Spanish Fork armories.
"Basically, the Provo armory was experiencing major crowding problems, especially with parking. The National Guard was unable to obtain enough ground to build the new facility in Provo, and the only place even close in which we could find enough property was near the airport."
Also, Greenwood, the National Guard's facility management supervisor, said the Provo and Springville armories were not designed to house either the types or numbers of units they currently house.
"The new facility has been designed with housing these particular companies in mind, and the other facilities can be modified to accommodate the companies moving to them."