Senate OKs $25 million for Fort Meade projects

Bill includes proposal for 228-room barracks

June 24, 1999|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

The U.S. Senate would like to hand a fat check to Fort Meade for construction projects, but the House of Representatives and the president will first have to approve the budget that has $25 million allotted for the post.

The military construction appropriations bill for fiscal 2000 includes money for new barracks on the base in western Anne Arundel County and a new processing station where enlistees could get physicals and take tests. The bill was approved by the Senate last week, and a House subcommittee is studying it.

It has not been scheduled for a vote.

According to a spokeswoman for Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, the bill passed by the Senate includes $15 million more for Fort Meade than the president's budget requested.

Included in the bill is $18 million for a 228-room barracks building to be built in the southwest corner of the post. Construction on the $18 million building is expected to begin in early spring and last 18 months, a Fort Meade spokesman said.

The bill also includes $4.45 million for a Military Entrance Processing Station to be built along Route 175 at Mapes Road.

Yearlong construction there is also scheduled to begin in early spring, post officials said.

Money for the National Security Agency proposed in the bill includes:

* $2.04 million for upgrades, repairs and partial replacement of the air conditioning system in an NSA operations building.

* $903,000 for a fence and anti-terrorist features around the NSA.

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