Army reserve moving from Ellsworth to Hammond
Hammond will have a new addition sometime in the future. The Army Reserves are planning to build a new facility.
The Army Corps of Engineers is currently collecting bids for the Reserves.
This facility will replace the one currently in Ellsworth for the 652nd Engineer Company.
Bill Rubin, executive director of the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation, said he remembers the Army Corps coming to Wisconsin to find an acceptable site for the Reserves about a year and a half ago. He said they had pretty clear requirements for their site.
Rubin said the Corps of Engineers was looking for something in west-central Wisconsin, mainly in St. Croix or Pierce counties.
Rubin said they referred the Corps to a few different sites, two of which were in Hammond. They ended up choosing a site south of County Road J.
The site is immediately west of St. Croix Electric's headquarters building. Mark Pendergast of St. Croix Electric said they were first approached about a year ago for the potential purchase of the property.
The exact purchase agreement is still in the works, he said. "They have indicated a desire for between nine and as much as 14 acres."
Rubin said, "We're pleased to learn that they invested in Hammond."
According to the bid request, the price range for the project is between $5 and $10 million. The Army Reserve Center will include a training building, organizational maintenance shop, unheated storage building and parking.
Other details are not yet known about the project, according to a spokesperson at the current Ellsworth Reserve Center.
Bids will be closed on Aug. 11. Since the bids haven't closed yet, no dates have been set for groundbreaking or construction.