NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island state officials have cancelled bidding on a repair contract for the Cranston Street Armory as it reconsiders the future use of the building.

Allison Rogers, policy director for the state Department of Administration, tells the Providence Journal the state is seeking a consultant to help it determine what to do with the castle-like building.

She says complete repairs could run into the tens of millions of dollars and the state wants to determine where to focus its rehabilitation efforts.

The armory was built in 1907 and has been used on and off since 1997 for state offices and storage.

The state analysis will include an evaluation of whether historic building tax credits could play a role in financing for a restoration project.


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