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Castle Community Proposal for Rochester Armory Building

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Project Impact(s): Heritage Preservation

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Collaborators, Project Type, Impacts, Related Projects


Lead Organization: Castlecommunity

Contact: TBD ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Known/Likely Collaborators: City of Rochester, MN

Potential Collaborators: Rochester Arts Center ; Rochester Arts and Cultural Collaborative ; Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust

Related Projects

ACI Proposal : Rochester Armory - for community-building, inclusiveness, and the arts


Major Impact: 

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Heritage Preservation

Level 2: Hangout, Retail, Dining & Entertainment, Heart of the City

DMC Impacts:

Arts & Culture, Heart of the City

Community Health Impacts:

Type of Project

Building, Special  



Detailed Description

PB Article 2017-01-14

The committee of the whole meeting is set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 104 of the city-county Government Center.

Option 1: Maintain

The city could maintain ownership of the Armory building for a public use. Several groups have expressed interest in the property, including an arts and culture group, a group hoping to establish a veterans' museum, and a charter school.

The council would need to consider re-opening or re-starting a request for proposals process to select a tenant for the building. This option would likely see continued public funding support for building operations, and the city would retain liability for ongoing building maintenance and repairs.

Option 2: Divest

The city could market and pursue an outright sale of the Armory building. A private appraisal of the property set the value of the building at $675,000. The two city-owned parking lots near the property were valued at around $1.5 million. The value of the building could be 20 to 30 percent higher if it included the parking lots.

The appraisal also determined office and restaurant uses were the most viable in the building.

Option 3: Partial sale

A third option, or range of options, would include a sale of the Armory building and numerous scenarios for the city parking lots. The city could commit a number of guaranteed parking spaces to the building or move toward a future potential sale of the parking lots. This would facilitate a wider range of potential uses for the building.

The building is a protected historic property and would have to maintain its exterior and historic features in any future use, a condition that affected the value and potential uses of the building.


Pinned Reports on: Castle Community Proposal for Rochester Armory Building

City Marketing Rochester Armory Building (July 10, 2017)

The project, dubbed "Castle Community," was selected out of a pool of five proposals. A plan to turn the building into an entertainment and music venue finished as the runner-up.

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Reports on: Castle Community Proposal for Rochester Armory Building

City Marketing Rochester Armory Building (July 10, 2017)

The project, dubbed "Castle Community," was selected out of a pool of five proposals. A plan to turn the building into an entertainment and music venue finished as the runner-up.

Read more ...

Other Community News and Reports having impacts on:

Heritage Preservation  
June 25, 2022: Chateau Theater Updates
(1) DMCC May Board Meeting Updates (2) City of Rochester issuing Request for Proposal for an operating partner for the Chateau Theatre. 

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September 22, 2021: History Center of Olmsted County
Newsletter and article about importance of the history center. 

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July 30, 2019: History Mystery
$10,000  Matching Fund Competition!  A mystery donor has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging the new Executive Director, Waye Gannaway and You. 

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May 20, 2019: Heart of the City Peace Plaza Public Realm
 6 things to know about Heart of the City plans. 

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May 16, 2019: Chateau Theater Picks Exhibits Development Group Proposal

3 proposals (Exhibits Development Group, Art Trust of Minnesota, Encourage Events Group) being considered as a result of RFP.  

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April 23, 2019: History Center to present Traveling While Black

The “Traveling While Black” exhibit being developed by the History Center of Olmsted County will chronicle the challenges faced by black motorists prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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November 18, 2016: Chateau Theater Option E $21.3 million plan

A $21.3 million plan to expand the Chateau Theatre is headed to the Rochester City Council later this month for approval.

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August 26, 2016: Chateau Theater Reuse Study by Webb Management Services
Partnering with Mille Dunwiddie Architecture and Schuler Shook Theatre Planning, Webb Management Services published a resuse study.

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Last modified by allnode on 2022/04/16
Created by allnode on 2016/08/30




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