The sign out front says the National Guard has moved out.
So would the town and village be the best choice to move in?
Members of the community met with a representative from U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy’s office on Nov. 18 to discuss the future of the Whitehall Armory.
“There were several community members there at the meeting,” said Whitehall Village Mayor Francis “Fra” Putorti, who also attended the meeting. “What it came down to was turning the armory over to the town or the village sounds like a good idea, but we need a lot of information before anything moves forward.”
“I thought that this would be something that would be good to look into,” said resident Tony Cardamone, who set up the meeting as a concerned citizen. “I would like to see us come up with something that we could all be together on, and we have a lot of homework to do.”
Community members met with Mark Luciano from Murphy’s office, and Putorti said the theme of the meeting was to go back and do more homework.
“We need information as to how old the roof is, how old the boiler is,” said Putorti. “We need to do some research, and Murphy’s office needs to do some research.”
Putorti said, as of now, he would still have some concerns about moving into the armory.
“It’s a beautiful building, and I would hate to see it go,” said Putorti. “But right now, I really do not know if we would be able to take care of it financially. If we can get the money to do it, I am open at looking at all options.”
Putorti said there is funding in the works for the moving of the village courts, and there would be funding available if the armory was declared a historic site.
“There are options out there, and I am open to listening to any of them,” said Putorti. “I don’t want to shut any avenues off. I want to look at all of them.”