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More than two decades into the effort to restore and rehabilitate the historically-significant building for reuse, real progress may finally be on the horizon.
Under garrison commander Colonel Jarrod Moreland, who assumed office in June, the Mountain View Officers Club that had once been placed on an excess list and faced demolition may receive a brand-new lease as a mission-critical property: the fort is “in the very initial stages of looking for an army use for the building.”
Past restoration efforts had centered on finding outside partners to lease the building since “initially, the Army did not have a use for the property,” said Christina Morris, senior field director at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, one of the main organizations behind the restoration project.
Despite more than $575,000 received in public grants and $50,000 in donations from the Pascua Yaqui tribe and other sums from local buffalo soldier organizations, the building previously known as building 66050 today sits as empty as it was left in 1998.
Throughout the years, numerous efforts and more than $200,000 were poured in to rehabilitate the deteriorating property, with the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers sponsoring volunteer clean-up sessions and construction companies working pro bono to remove asbestos and lead-based paint.
Now, involved parties are calling new developments "very very exciting" and "the best possible outcome."
After several false starts over the years, we can only hope... (More)