The Centerville City Council Monday night voted to make an offer to purchase for $1 from the state of Iowa Armory Board the vacant Iowa Army National Guard Armory on Dewey Road.
The National Guard closed the armory on Jan. 24 and vacated all contents in the building by approximately April 15.
The council by a 5-0 vote approved the memorandum of agreement between the Iowa National Guard and the city of Centerville. The agreement allows the city to assume immediate ownership of the building and start paying utilities.
The Iowa National Guard Executive Council has to approve the sale before it becomes final.
Patrick Antonen, city administrator, said they plan to have several work sessions to hear input on uses for the former armory.
“I think it’s going to be a big asset to us,” councilman Ron Creagan said.
Centerville’s 224th Engineer Battalion moved into the 42,000 square-foot facility in September of 1992. The building sits on 15 acres of land.