What could the Armory be?
Many people ask, “What’s going to go on at the Armory? Who will the tenants be?”
The answer is, we don’t know. It will depend on the developer/owner finding a tenant or group of tenants that are a good fit. If you want to know what neighbors and residents have suggested over time, see “Potential Uses” or “Visioning Process” sections.
Elsewhere, we’ve seen or heard of several interesting uses for historic Armory buildings: in almost every case, they carry forward a public use through retail, entertainment, arts and cultural activities.
Here are a few examples (we’ll add more as they are made available):
The Pasadena, CA Armory focuses on the Arts.
The Helms Bakery District repurposed a similar historic Art Deco structure in Los Angeles into a vibrant mixed use complex, with on-site solar generation, a microbrewery, retail shops and restaurants.
The Portland Armory is now the home of Portland Center Stage, and used for performance and event space.