Rochester City Council May Seek New Proposals for Armory
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The Rochester City Council may soon be seeking new proposals for the future use of the armory building.
After considerable discussion Wednesday about the future of the property, the council directed staff to dust off an RFP (request for proposals) that was used to solicit offers in 2015.
The difference this time is expected to be a stronger emphasis on marketing the property in hopes of finding a buyer.
It’s likely the RFP will also seek proposals from non-profit groups. The council is expected to vote on the rebooted RFP at its next meeting.
The council is split on whether to sell the property or continue its public purpose. It served as home for the Senior Center for nearly 40 years. Some council members indicated they would favor a reasonable sale, depending on what it would be used for. Mayor Ardell Brede has said he would oppose a sale of the building, meaning a possible veto that may be hard to override.
One area the council did express support for was retaining city ownership of the two parking lots north of the building due to their future value.