By Associated Press • 

Lead testing, oil tanks delay sale of Astoria armory

ASTORIA — Testing for lead contamination is helping delay the sale of the Astoria National Guard Armory building.

The Daily Astorian reports that the Friends of the Astoria Armory is buying the building for $500,000, with hopes of developing it into an events center. But after a recent investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive (https://goo.gl/I9cExB ) documented lead contamination at other armories around the state, the community group and lender Craft3 agreed to hold off pending lead testing.

Bruce Jones, chairman of the Armory's board of directors, said the goal is to provide a safe, healthy environment for all users.

The building was constructed in the early 1940s and was used primarily as was used mainly as a recreation center for troops. After World War II it became a venue for numerous local sporting events, concerts, political rallies and even a community roller rink.

Walt Postlewait, chief lending officer with Craft3, said there appears to be little threat of widespread lead contamination. He said there's limited evidence that a firing range ever existed in the building.

The decommissioning of oil tanks on the property has also slowed the transaction.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com

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