It now seems that nothing that was granted a certificate of appropriateness by the HPC is actually being done. What does seem to be happening is that the "plaza," which was originally proposed for the State Street side of the building, is being created in some reconfigured form on the North Fifth Street side of the building. The library's website talks about "a large plaza, with a stone surface, shade trees, benches, chairs and tables, bluestone 'seating steps' and grass where people can sit and read." It also still describes this plaza as "facing our new entrance on State Street," which apparently isn't going to exist.
The armory is the centerpiece of a locally designated historic district, so the question asked in April and still unanswered is: Why haven't the plans for whatever is being constructed at the North Fifth Street entrance to the building been presented to the Historic Preservation Commission?
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