The state has decided to get rid of the vacant Armory in
“It’s good news for
The massive three-story brick building at
Robert Genuario, who heads the state’s Office of Policy and Management, wrote recently that state agencies have indicated they have no use for the historic structure.
“This property may be treated as surplus,” Genuario wrote to the state public works commissioner.
Nicastro said he’s been told the state “probably will not be giving over the Armory for free” as it may have done in the past.
But, he said, the city “has a shot” at taking it over at low cost.
City leaders have talked for years about the looming closure of the Armory, but don’t have a plan in place for its reuse.
The building is assessed for $5.2 million, but officials have said it will take substantial investment to renovate the structure. It may simply be torn down.
Mayor Art Ward has said it is “totally unsafe” the way it is now. Nicastro has said it needs an “unbelievable” amount of work,
Officials have speculated that it could be overhauled for housing or offices given its key location downtown.
But with no solid plan, it’s hard to say what might happen.
The state and city are likely, however, to be talking soon about the building’s fate. Whether the public will have a say is less clear.
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