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Armory in the News

Members of the armory advisory subcommittee of the East End Neighborhood Association sneak a peek inside the old armory, which has been sitting vacant for decades. The city sold the armory to a private California developer, who replaced the windows and painted the exterior. The committee was formed to help the city come up with ideas for the historic building, and the committee would like to work with the developer as well.

Nice interview by the Statesman’s Maria La Ganga, with photos and video by Katherine Jones. The Idaho National Guard Armory is part of Boise’s history and a strategic location for a mixed-use development. Its 14,400 square foot drill hall would be ideal for a branch library, craft brewery, farmers market, or other use. With a total of 40,000 square feet and five acres at the base of Boise’s Military Reserve trails complex, the site is ripe for a mix of retail, commercial, residential and public use.

Several of us have been intimately involved with this architectural icon since the East End Neighborhood Association formed the Armory Subcommittee in 2007. Our primary goal was to preserve the building and its historic features. While the California owners have done great work stabilizing the structure and installing landscaping and flood control, it has remained vacant over the past six years, despite many local business owners hoping to strike a deal and our many offers to help market the property and locate ideal tenants.

The right mix of interest and vision can transform the Armory into a neighborhood activity center and asset.

https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/article217603010.html

Bozeman Armory Repurposed as Boutique Hotel

One of our committee members forwarded this link to Bozeman’s ETHA Hotel, which will make use of their former National Guard Armory building. A mix of new construction and restoration, this is an interesting re-use option.

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