Cranston Street Armory
December 2021 Update:
We need your help!
For over 6 years, we have worked alongside other advocates and State agencies on a community-driven plan to put the Armory to full-time use. While the State continues to meet capital maintenance needs, various administrations see it either a burden or an asset. Just a few months ago, the State selected Scout Ltd as the developer. In front of the State now is a simple predevelopment services agreement that will allow Scout to investigate all sources of investment capital.
A series of events unfolded that derailed the process. Chief among those was the departure of Governor Raimondo and her director of administration. A new Governor and director came aboard, and with them came different priorities, and a different perspective on the importance of this building to the neighborhood, City, and State.
We need your help to get this process back on track. Why do we support Scout and their proposed development plan?
1. We have spent almost a decade in the process to find an acceptable reuse for the armory.
2. Scout is a proven development firm They have the values and a project that mirrors our hopes for the Armory and surrounding Community.
3. Scout’s plans include minimal physical changes to the Armory.
The Department of Administration should execute the agreement and allow Scout to establish a budget and research available capital sources for this project.
We need your help. Please write or call the decision makers and urge them to sign the agreement.
Email Governor McKee or call him at (401) 465-6204.
Email Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio or call him at (401) 222-6655.
Email Speaker of the House K. Joseph Shekarchi or call him at (401) 222-2447.
October 2021 Update:
We are currently awaiting the State’s announcement for the chosen vendor to adaptively reuse the Cranston Street Armory. We understand that there have been delays due to changes in the administration. The Armory is presently being used for a temporary use.***
The State of Rhode Island held two public meetings that featured proposals for the renovation and reuse of the Cranston Street Armory. These proposals were received as part of the state’s Request for Proposals process this past March. PPS helped form and has served as a member of the Steering Committee for this process since its inception.
The development teams “[discussed] their visions for the property, including proposed uses, strategies for the integration of community-based businesses and public access, and project timeline.”
The Cranston Street Armory Reuse Plan is an ongoing process led by the State of Rhode Island and a Steering Committee made up of community members and other stakeholders, including PPS. The goal is to develop a roadmap for the State to work with private partners to return the historic armory to active use.
In 2019, the State of RI posted an RFP (request for proposals). This step brought to light potential non-profit and private sector partners with proposed uses for the building, which has been vacant for over 20 years. We agree with the State that a public-private partnership is the most practicable way to move forward with adaptive re-use of this massive and beloved structure — which was a previous Most Endangered Property.