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DND To Outline Community's Wish List for Armory

The Department of Neighborhood Development and the Charlestown Neighborhood Council Development Committee invite the public to review a draft 'RFP' of what the community would like to see done with the 105-year-old building.

The Boston Department of Neighborhood Development will present a draft version of their request for proposals for development of the old Charlestown Armory building at a public meeting scheduled Monday, March 4.

The meeting will be jointly hosted by the DND and the Charlestown Neighborhood Council Development Committee and will be held at 7 p.m. at the Schrafft's Center dining hall.

The DND has been meeting with residents over the past year to consider options for developing the now vacant Armory building, located at 374-398 Bunker Hill St. The building is owned by the city and managed by the DND.

The most recent public meeting on this project was held Jan. 29 at the Knights of Columbus hall, where residents were asked to help finalize a list of "dos" and "don'ts" for the building.

"The Department of Neighborhood Development anticipates issuing a new Request for Proposals to potential developers and is looking for community input related to the information and requirements to be included in the RFP, as well as the types of uses the community would be interested in seeing at the former Armory building," CNC Development chairman Mark Rosenshein said in an announcement about the March 4 meeting. "DND anticipates providing draft language for the community to review at this meeting, prior to issuing the RFP in late spring."

The March 4 meeting, the fourth so far in the public review process, is expected to be the final community meeting before the DND issues its request for proposals to prospective developers.

"Additional meetings will occur in the fall of 2013 when it is anticipated that DND will bring prospective developers that have met the minimum RFP submission thresholds, as determined by DND, to the community to hear about the specific development proposals," Rosenshein said in the release.

All Charlestown residents and others interested in the redevelopment of the Armory are invited to attend.

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