Groundbreaking today for new preparedness center

WICHITA — State and local officials are scheduled to break ground today on the $101 million Heartland Preparedness Center.

The center, which will be located on 45 acres at I-135 and K-96, will combine several military and law enforcement training centers. It will draw on city, county, state and federal funding.

The city of Wichita and Sedgwick County are scheduled to split $33.4 million of the cost. Of that, $3.86 million was committed in May for infrastructure work in the area.

The federal portion is supposed to be $68 million, although that funding is awaiting approval of the defense department's 2011 budget. The money is for the Kansas Army National Guard's part in the facility _ $42.8 million for its training facility and $24.9 million for a maintenance shop.

Completion of the center is scheduled for 2015.

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