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Army Corps of Engineers Narrows List of Middletown Sites for Reserve Center
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The Army Corps of Engineers announced the four sites during a meeting with Middletown residents last night.  The sites include Mile Lane, the site of the former Middletown Reserve Center and Cucia Park, a city-owned property that received the approval of Mayor Giuliano's Advisory Panel.

But Boardman Lane located in the city's Westfield neighborhood is also on the list despite concerns from residents, city, state, and Congressional officials who want to see wetlands and a historic farm preserved there.

Project Manager for the Army Corps, Diane McCartin says Boardman Lane is still being considered because it's in an industrial area and has enough land for the 25-acre training facility.

"And we recognize the community's concerns about that site. So we've tried to move away from the Boardman Lane side of the site and see if it's feasible to get the project more towards the Ken Dooley (Drive) side where it has minimal impact on the community."

The fourth site on the Army's list is the Bysiewicz Industrial park on Middle Street.

McCartin says the Corps is conducting environmental assessments of each site and will hold another public meeting to gather comments on Sept 29.  The Army has until the end of October to choose a site for the new Reserve Center. The federal Base Realignment and Closure Act or BRAC requires the facility to be open in Middletown by 2011.

Click here to access Army Corps of Engineers' blog to comment on site selection process