Plaintalker learned at a Planning Board meeting Thursday that the Plainfield Armory has successfully been auctioned off by the state.
The bidder hopes to use it for a child care center accommodating 300 children, Planning Director Bill Nierstedt told the board. No applications have been submitted as yet to land use boards.
According to documents online, the closing will not take place until at least Aug. 31. Because the bid exceeded the $500,000 minimum, legislation will be required and the closing will take place 90 days after passage. There is more detail in this "Agreement of Sale."
The winning bid exceeded not only the minimum, but also the $900,000 asking price by $26,000, if we are reading the document correctly.
Planning Board members Thursday questioned whether the building had any historical significance that would lead to its preservation, but no one present could confirm any such status. According to this link, the Plainfield Armory is one of eight in the state that is eligible to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Armory has been the subject of sometimes frantic efforts to turn it to some city use. Both Assemblyman Jerry Green and Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs have advocated its acquisition by the city.Years ago it was floated as a senior center site and more recently as a good spot for a charter school.
The new owner can be sure that neighbors will take a keen interest in whatever proposal she brings to the land use boards, as the setting is largely residential. Look for it to be a hot topic in 2012.