Yesterday, Gossips asked, about the elaborate work going on at the North Fifth Street entrance to the armory, "What's it to be?" and "Why haven't the plans for whatever is being constructed . . . been presented to the Historic Preservation Commission?" This morning, HPC chair Rick Rector provided the answers.
In answer to the first question-- "What's it to be?"--Rector offered this rendering of the east facade of the building and a site plan for the lawn leading up to that entrance.
In answer to the second question--"Why haven't the plans for whatever is being constructed . . . been presented to the Historic Preservation Commission?"--they apparently were, but the HPC was so focused on the two things that are now not going to happen--the library entrance on State Street and the "medical wing" on Short Street--that not much attention was paid to this aspect of the proposal, and members of the audience, as well as at least one member of the HPC, have no recollection of these plans being reviewed and approved. Besides, what is currently being done seems far more extreme and elaborate than what appears in the rendering, but then renderings can be misleading.
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