Featured Project: City of Monroe-Economic Development Initiative (EDI)-Phase I
Old Armory Building – Quality Hill Community
The City of Monroe is the home of many historical and architecturally significant structures. One of those structures is the "Old Armory Building" located on 500 South Johnson Street in the "Quality Hills" Community. This structure was originally the home of the National Guard until 1977 when the National Guard moved to a new facility. Following the departure of the National Guard, the City used the building as a maintenance facility for Parks and Recreation from 1990 until 2000.
In 2006 The City of Monroe realized an opportunity to address the educational and recreational needs of the children and adults of the "Quality Hills" community, by renovating the 20,000 sq. ft. "National Guard Armory building and transforming it into a "Community Center", however, the resources to make this dream a reality were not there. To help achieve this goal, the City requested the assistance of Congressman Robin Hayes to lobby for Economic Development funds for the City of Monroe. In 2007 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) informed the City of Monroe it was eligible for $550,000 in Economic Development Initiative (EDI) Special Project – Congressional Grant funds.
The City of Monroe contacted Centralina and requested assistance in preparing the grant application. Centralina staff met with City of Monroe officials to discuss the project goals and application process. Centralina completed and submitted the application to HUD and the grant was awarded to restore the former 20,000 sq. ft. military structure into a community center and multi-purpose facility for community residents. Renovation activities included re-roofing, and interior up-fitting for a supervisor's office, community police office, computer laboratory / tutoring center, bathroom renovations and multi-purpose / community center / game room / activity center. The historical and architectural significance of The "Armory Building", required a thorough assessment by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). This photo shows a meeting with SHPO, City of Monroe staff, the Project Architect and Centralina staff, discussing items of historical significance which must be preserved. The intricate roof system shown in the photo below was one of the items the State Historic Preservation Office requested remain exposed because of its unique construction.
CENTRALINA'S ROLE Centralina's role included preparation and submittal of the grant application to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, and assisting with project management. This project has been successfully completed and the City of Monroe has requested Centralina's assistance to implement Phase II of this project, which includes preparing another Economic Development Initiative (EDI) application to HUD for $490,000 to construct a fitness room, a media room, bathroom facilities and exterior renovations.