Salem City Council Rejects State's Offer for Armory BuildingThe Salem City Council is unanimous in not wanting to accept the Salem Armory from the state. However, they are willing to continue to work with the state in trying to find a third party to occupy the building. City Manager Bill Gruen is not optimistic much interest will be found until the state makes some repairs.
"I think the state would be wise to look into making some repairs to the building. It's a big issue for anyone who would want to use the building to finance those repairs. It's a tall order for someone to get it back into productive use" Gruen said.
Water is currently getting into the building and has reportedly ruined the flooring in parts of the building. The city had earlier agreed to accept the building to assist a third party with the opening of a Family Recreation Center, but that project has now fallen through in part because of the amount of work needed on the building. The state had asked the city to let them know if they wanted ownership of the building by the middle of January. In addition to needed repairs, use of the building is limited by its location in a residential neighborhood.
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