Middletown Town Council on Monday approved a lease which allows Delaware Technical and Community College to locate a diesel technician training program in the old armory at 500 N. Cass St. in town.

DelTech will use the rear portion of the old armory, approximately 2,500 square feet.

The front of the building will continue to be used by the town’s inspection and maintenance departments.

Calling it a good use of an old building, Mayor Kenneth Branner Jr. said DelTech will use the two engine bays in that section and will convert the gymnasium into classes.

The town government owns the building and will let DelTech use the property for free in a cooperative lease agreement. DelTech will be responsible for any improvements to the property, all utilities, and maintenance, Branner said.

The lease will start on the date of ratification by the town and continue for an initial term of 20 years and the lease will automatically renew for additional five-year terms unless notice of termination is given by either party.

In lieu of monthly rental payments, DelTech agrees to use the property for heavy equipment operator and diesel technician training programs or other vocational training programs designed to meet state and local workforce needs, according to the lease.

If DelTech discontinues the use of the property for its vocational training programs or if the college doesn’t remain an accredited college, the lease will be terminated and DelTech must vacate the premises, the lease says.

About eight or nine years ago, the Army National Guard left the property, turning the property back over to the town government for its use.