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Armory Update: Public Meeting with Utile & DCAMM

  • West Broadway Middle School 29 Bainbridge Avenue Providence, RI, 02909 United States (map)

Above: Photo of the Cranston Street Armory from a Library of Congress collection taken by Jack E. Boucher, legendary architectural photographer at the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)

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On Monday, September 17, WBNA hosts a public meeting on the Cranston Street Armory that features a presentation by Utile, the consultants hired last year to determine viable re-use options for the Armory. Neighbors will also hear from Director Carole Cornelison of RI's Department of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM), as well as from the City of Providence. Please see agenda below.

This meeting is part of WBNA’s Neighborhood Nights series, and is focused on updating the public on exciting progress that is being made on the Cranston Street Armory, as well as next steps, and how and when the public will be involved in the re-use planning process.

WBNA is pleased to share that, since our last public meeting about the Armory in June, regular meetings of the state's Cranston Street Armory Steering Committee – which includes WBNA's Executive Director Kari Lang and other community stakeholders – have resumed. Also since this meeting, and with the advocacy of Representative Anastasia Williams, a dedicated website for the Armory was created by Utile and the DCAMM team.

We thank Director Cornelison and her staff for their continued commitment to this important building, and look forward to hearing from Utile about its findings.

This meeting is open to the public. Please share far and wide! As with all Neighborhood Nights meetings, free food, child care, and Spanish interpretation are provided, plus open gym in the school’s gymnasium. Please note that WBNA Committees will NOT be meeting this evening.


6:00pm     Opening remarks & purpose of meeting – Matt Gabor, President

6:10pm     Overview of Armory planning process & introduction of Utile, consultant for the Armory Re-Use Project

  • Carole Cornelison, Director, Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) for the State of RI

6:20pm     Presentation from consultant: Preliminary Re-Use Study

  • Tim Love & Jessica Robertson, Utile Design

6:50pm     Questions to Utile Design

7:05pm     City of Providence shares community engagement process by city up to this point

  • Stephanie Fortunato, Director of Arts, Culture & Tourism, and Christopher Johnson, Poet

7:15pm     Armory Steering Committee assessment

  • Kari Lang, WBNA Executive Director, and Brent Runyon, Providence Preservation Society

7:20pm     Next steps in the process: Issuance of an RFI (Request for Information) & plan for public engagement plan moving forward – Carole Cornelison

7:35pm     Neighbor questions & closing – Matt Gabor

8:00pm     Adjourn



Earlier Event: September 13
West Side Thursdays with The American Band
Later Event: October 5
House Tour Preview Party