Danville Area Community College will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the transfer of ownership of the former U.S. Army Reserve Center from the federal government to the College at 11 am, Monday, November 25, 2019. A facility tour will follow. Parking is available in the College’s north Main Street parking lot, west of the Tractor Trailer training area.
The property, located at 2408 E. Main Street is adjacent to the east side of the College’s campus in Danville. The ceremony, which will take place in the lobby, will feature Congressman John Shimkus who was integral in paving the way to the smooth transfer of ownership.
“Congressman Shimkus has really been DACC’s champion all along,” said DACC President Stephen Nacco. “He stood beside us and helped position us so that we were able to buy the property.”
The property was built in 1958 and consists of two buildings on 3.53 acres. The administrative/office building is a two-story building of approximately 22,878 square feet, while the garage/storage building is a one-story 4,356 square foot (approx.) structure. While final plans for the property have not yet been settled, the College will immediately utilize the space for Corporate Education’s Forklift Training, a practice space for some athletic programs, and storage.
President Nacco said, “This couldn’t have happened without the vision of the DACC Board of Trustees, who appreciate the value of this facility to the College and remained patient over the past year.”
At the conclusion of the tour, the group will reconvene on the second floor of Cannon Hall to officially open the new Veterans Freedom Center, an extension of DACC’s Veterans Multipurpose Center. Located in Cannon Hall room 202, this lounge is open to student/staff veterans only and offers a quiet area for studying, relaxing, and fellowship among veterans. Center management falls under Career Services and the American Job Center.
The public is invited to both activities.