Piece of History to be Transformed into Armory Lofts

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

A building rich with history in Bowling Green is being transformed with a new purpose in mind.

By summer you could be living in the rear portion of the National Guard Armory off Chestnut Street.

For the developer his new project that hits close to home.

An old building is getting new life.

"The old armory built in 1927 probably one of the most historic buildings in downtown Bowling Green, and were taking the drill hall portion of it and turning that into 20 individual loft apartments,"says David Garvin Jr., Developer.

Garvin holds the project close to home as his family's past involves memories at the armory.

"It has a rich history just with us, my grandad was a boxer and actually taught golden glove boxing in here back in the 50's. My dad was in the National Guard he used to drill here,"says Garvin.

The building has endured two fires, was home to the National Guard in 1965, later our news station, and now could be the place you call home.

"I lived in lofts in other cities such as Chicago and Nashville, and it was always unique and special to me in that city. It's one thing Bowling Green never had,"says Garvin.

The 14,0000 square foot building will remain true to its unique architecture.

"Our hope is not cover up any of the niceness of the building but to expose it,"says John Williams, Architect.

"Were going to try to use everything we can that was in the original building,"says Fred Smith, General Contractor.

You can expect to pay at least $700 to $850 a month to rent a loft.

"We have 4 different plan types that are here all of them are one bedroom but they will vary in size a little bit,"says Williams.

They all hope it will bring a little piece of history back to life in Bowling Green.

"It's going to be a great catalyst for downtown living,"says Garvin.

They expect to be renting by June of 2013.

For more information on the lofts and to set up a pre-lease you can visit armorylofts.com


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