Son Tay Raid Historical Project
Initially the building relocation will cost between $65 and $115k. This is dependent on variables such as the presence of asbestos, power line movement, etc. The building will then require renovation to bring it up to current construction codes and building the history displays. The follow on work has not yet been estimated as we hope to use internal labor for as much as possible.
News Article in the NW Florida Daily News
We recently had a meeting with the 96th CES out of Eglin regarding the Son Tay buildings. Having exhausted all official channels to move the buildings to the Compound, we made the mutual decision to pursue special legislation in Congress to have the buildings donated so that they can be moved off base.
Currently, we are coordinating with the city of Niceville to determine the feasibility of moving the barracks to vacant city land behind the Niceville library. The barracks could then be renovated and turned into a historical or military museum, maintained by a private organization.
We would also like to have the former Bull Simons HQ building donated to the SFA, to be used as a team house. Location still to be determined.
Sam has met with a staffer from Congressman Miller’s office, and they need additional background/historical information in order to craft special legislation. To that end, we would like to have a meeting on the Compound this Thursday at 1030 with all interested parties. Can you reach out to the Raiders again and see if any of them can come? Also, if they can bring any of their documentation, photos, etc I can capture them all at the meeting for the purpose of helping Congressman Miller’s office with the legislative process.
"Thanks for trying"