After city officials toured the massive old Armory recently, they agreed on what City Hall should do about the building: nothing.
“We don’t believe there’s a benefit to the city to take the building,” Mayor Art Ward.
The state is seeking to sell the 61 Center Street structure that once housed Army reservists while simultaneously providing space for high school basketball games, stag parties, wedding receptions and even a circus or two.
But the state ceased using the vast old building last year and set about trying to sell it.
Gov. Jodi Rell said that peddling the Armory and some other state-owned sites across Connecticut could bring in more than $50 million.
That’s looking mighty optimistic these days since there’s little interest in the Armory and only two sites considered more apt to sell: a seaside center that a developer once offered $7 million for the old Litchfield Jail.
But until the Department of Public Works reviews offers submitted for the Armory by the January 29 deadline, it’s impossible to know for sure whether anyone has serious interest in the structure.
The city has the legal right to match any bid if it wants to take possession.But Ward said that based on reports he got from the city’s electrical inspector, an engineer and the public works director, there’s no reason for the city to buy the building.
See Friday's Bristol Press for the complete story.
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