Armory Building Transformation Taking Shape Under New Ownership

December 07, 2017 09:54 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Armory building in downtown Rochester has been sold and will start taking on a completely new feel. 

The building was last used by the Senior Center about a year ago and on Thursday, the new owners gave the public a sneak peek of the vision for its future.


Matt Mohs, with the Leadership Greater Rochester, was one of the people who were able to tour the building.

"To see how this thing develops, it', I would tell Rochester pay attention because something great is on the horizon,” said Mohs. 

The building is being transformed into what's being called the Castle Community project.  

Scott Hoss, the representative of ownership group says the plan includes restaurants, bars, an arts gathering area and performance hall. 

"We’re gonna have weddings here. Non-profit events, we'll have a bar up here. We'll have an actual art gallery. And a public meeting space up here as well," said Hoss.

"To know that there's a place like this to happen, it's some place I can take my kids, some place you can go for some relaxation. It's not far from where I work, very accessible. The idea by itself is fantastic,” added Mohs.

Hoss says the project will be funded by historical tax credits and local investors, “there’s some demolition that we'll be doing. And we're working with some interesting architects on how the restaurants actually gonna look and feel"

“We've identified some of the key players in the arts organization that will be in here that will actually help with design decorating and kind of the feel and flow of the building," added Hoss. 

It’s something Matt Mohs says he's eager to see when it reopens to the public, “like holy buckets we knew, we knew this was coming but it's pretty amazing what it turned into." 

Castle Community says it would like to start remodeling in mid-spring and hopes to hold events by fall.



Roxanne Elias

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