Armory For Sale

by Laurel | March 21st, 2013


Holyoke Armory, Holyoke, MA

Holyoke Armory, Holyoke, MA

Did you know the Holyoke Armory is for sale? Not sure if there have been any offers, but the listing is available many places online.

A mere $450k asking price for a huge amount of space (30,000 SF), though clearly it is in need of some major repair and renovation. It is a MLS listing and I would have used a local Holyoke Real Estate Link (I believe Century 21 is the listing agency) but you cannot see the specifics without registering on the site and I, for one, am tired of unwanted spam — you should be able to see the specs at the link above.

The armory holds a lot of potential for commercial space.  When the Northampton Armory was sold and converted into commercial space back in the 1970’s.  I remember the Good Thyme Deli was such a great place to have access to back then. Aside from the seed money one would need to acquire and renovate the building, lack of parking is the only issue that comes to mind. It would be a wonderful small commercial center for that area of Holyoke as it continues an upward trend.

This link is something posted here a little more than a year ago and is interesting in regard to a potential sale because it offers a lot of specifics regarding building size and some of the interior layout and embellishments.  I did find a reference to cost and fund appropriation to build the armory in June of 1905 and the figure cited was something between $50,000 – $60,000 — by the standards of 2013 that amount wouldn’t even cover what the building needs for repair.

I hope someone steps up and another historic building isn’t lost.

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