RI seeks private partner to operate iconic Cranston Street Armory

RI seeks private partner to operate iconic Cranston Street Armory


NEW AT SIX … THE TARGET 12 INVESTIGATORS — GIVING YOU A SNEAK PEAK INSIDE THE LATEST EFFORT TO REVITIALIZE A MAJOR LANDMARK. (MM) THE COST—NEARLY 5 MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE PAST —–5 YEARS —-JUST TO REPAIR AND MAINTAIN THE CRANSTON STREET ARMORY. NOW, WE FOUND OUT—– THE STATE IS LOOKING FOR A PARTNER TO BREATH LIFE INTO THE GIANT..AND SHARE SOME OF THE COSTS. (CG) TARGET 12 INVESTIGATOR WALT BUTEAU, WITH THE DETAILS YOU SAW FIRST ON WPRI.COM. THE STATE WOULD STILL OWN THE ARMORY UNDER THIS NEW PROPOSAL UNDER THE NEW REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS, WHICH WILL BE PUBLIC SOON. THE GOAL IS TO FIND A DEVELOPER WHO CAN PUSH THE MORE THAN CENTURY OLD DEXTER STREET ICON INTO THE FUTURE. NEARLY 5 MILLION DOLLARS IN TAXPAYER MONEY HAS REPAIRED THE ROOF, WINDOWS AND OTHER ISSUES FOR THE 190-SQUARE FOOT BUILDING BUT BRINGING THE HEATING SYSTEM…ELECTRICAL AND OTHER KEY COMPONENTS UP TO DATE COULD COST UP TO 70 MILLION MORE ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF OF ADMINISTRATION’S DIRECTOR “We’re talking about putting major tax payer investments under any scenario to bring it up where someone could actually use it.” “We’d like a partner to cover some of those costs but we also want those expenditures to make sense in terms of the resuse of the.” THE LONG AGO PAST INCLUDED SPORTING EVENTS IN THE ARMORY WHICH ALSO SERVED AS A CIVIC CENTER OF SORTS…HOSTING EVENTS LIKE THE INNAUGERATION OF GOVERNOR JOHN CHAFEE IN THE 60’S. A 2016 FEASIBILITY STUDY INCLUDED MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR IDEAS INCLUDING SPACE FOR EDUCATION. ANOTHER DRAWING DEPICTED 168 RESIDENTIAL UNITS IN THE BUILDING. THE NEW RFP OUTLINES THE SPECIFICS OF WHAT A PROPOSAL SHOULD INCLUDE, BUT OFFERS ONLY GENERAL SUGGESTIONS ABOUT WHAT MIGHT WORK. THE DOCUMENT MENTIONS SPORTS AND RETAIL USES AS SOME OF THE IDEAS PITCHED IN COMMUNITY MEETINGS IN RECENT YEARS. . . THE STATE IS ASKING FOR THE DEVELOPER TO ALLOW PUBLIC ACCESS …. OFFERING EXAMPLES SUCH AS USING THE ARMORY FOR LOCAL EVENTS….OR POTENTIALLY RENTING SPACE TO NON-PROFITS. “We think, we don’t know for sure that multi use is probably going to be the way we’re.” MEETINGS TO GATHER INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THE NEW RFP ARE SCHEDULED FOR THIS MONTH AND NEXT MONTH. TARGET 12 ALSO REACHED OUT TO PROVIDENCE POLITICAL LEADERS ABOUT THE ARMORY’S FUTURE. THEIR FEEDBACK IS PART OF ELI SHERMAN’S REPORT ON WPRI—DOT—COM WITH THE TARGET 12

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