AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine National Guard’s proposal to build a new headquarters in Augusta has won Planning Board approval and construction could start next summer.

The Guard plans to build a 100,000-square-foot building between Civic Center Drive and the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, to serve as for the state’s Army and Air Guard.

The $32 million building will house the Guard’s administrative office functions, most of which are now at Camp Keyes next to the Augusta State Airport. Around 200 Guard workers could report there for work.

Lt. Col. Gregory Leimbach, director of facilities for the Maine National Guard, told the Kennebec Journal ( ) that funding for the facility is included in the 2015 federal budget.

Some opposed to the new headquarters say it is too close to the cemetery.

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