The state received five bids on the old National Guard armory at Oakland and Sycamore. The bidders are:
- City of Carbondale – $9,999
- Servants for Christ Ministries – $15,525
- Arthur Agency – $25,525
- Christine Boettcher – $40,000
- Andy Wallace – $80,000
The Department of Military Affairs is still reviewing the bids and have not yet accepted the high bid. It’s possible that they may re-advertise.
My preference is for the city to get the Armory. If the city doesn’t get it, I’d prefer that it go either the Servants for Christ Ministries or the Arthur Agency. A church would be an okay use of the building. So would offices, which I assume is the use Arthur Agency has in mind, although that use would require rezoning the property. It’s not clear yet what Christine Boettcher or Andy Wallace have in mind for the property. There are rumors, but no hard facts.
My first priority is for the building to be used and maintained. My second priority is that it be used in a way that benefits the community and doesn’t place an unfair burden on the surrounding neighborhood. A public, community use would be best.
Comments are welcome.