Cranston Street Armory
Reuse Plan

Come hear updates on the recent Request for Information and give your input on next steps:

Public Meeting
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
6–8pm
John Hope Settlement House
7 Thomas P. Whitten Way
Providence, RI 02903


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The Cranston Street Armory Reuse Plan is an ongoing process led by the State of Rhode Island and a Steering Committee made up of community members and other stakeholders. The goal of the study is to develop a roadmap for the State to work with private partners to return the historic armory to active use.

Businesses, developers, and organizations that are interested in becoming the primary occupant of the armory responded to a Request For Information in January 2019.

We also want to hear from community organizations interested in using a smaller amount of space or time in the armory. Let us know what your interests are here!

To learn about the progress of the reuse study so far, read our interim report on the state of the armory here [PDF].

Stay up-to-date on the latest with the Armory!

Read more in our November update here [pdf].

Did you know?

Dexter Park was used as a military training ground even before the Cranston Street Armory was built. In the Civil War, the first African-American heavy artillery unit, the 14th Regiment Rhode Island, was trained at the Dexter Training Grounds. In fact, Rhode Island led the charge to allow black men to fight for the Union in the Civil War. This was the continuation of a legacy of African-American military service in Rhode Island, which began with the nation’s first mixed-race military regiment in the Revolutionary War, the 1st Rhode Island Regiment. This regiment participated in the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia, which led to British surrender and the end of the war.

Read more about the 14th Regiment Rhode Island here and here.

Read more about the 1st Rhode Island Regiment here.

Read about the history of the Armory here [pdf].