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Virginia National Guard "optimistic" about Roanoke readiness center

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The Virginia National Guard is closer to bringing back a readiness center. We first told you about the

possibility in November

saying they were looking at two possible sites in the Roanoke Valley.

The Virginia National Guard tells WSLS 10 they are currently going after one site in the Roanoke area for a readiness center. The process for getting the land is still ongoing so they can't make an official announcement of the site.

We've been told in the past by people familiar with the discussion that one of the sites being looked at is off Route 460 and is made up of about 40 acres. 

Moving into an existing building would mean they could open faster.

They say an announcement could come within the next month and then they should have a better idea of the timeline of when it could be up and running.

"We are encouraged by the progress so far, and we very much appreciate the assistance of all the state and local agencies involved in the process. We are optimistic that that end result will be to return Virginia Army National Guard units to the Roanoke area," the Virginia National Guard said in statement.

This is something many in the military have been pushing for since the Virginia National Guard left the Roanoke armory in 2009 after being in the spot near River's Edge for more than five decades.

The Virginia Army National Guard operations office is evaluating what units might move into the area if a site is established but no final decision has been made.

The earliest soldiers would be in the facility would be October 2016.