Armory Master Plan

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Somerville Armory Hybrid Meeting Series
Meeting I:
Our Arts Ecosystem
Meeting II:
Our Community Spaces

February 27 6PM @ Connexion
149 Broadway, Somerville MA


February 27
Zoom Registration


Use this link to RSVP for the in-person meetings you are able to attend!
Meeting III:
The Armory Existing

March 26 6PM Somerville High School
81 Highland Ave, Somerville MA


March 26
Zoom Registration
Meeting IV:
The Armory Future

April 23 6PM @ Community Baptist Church
31 College Ave, Somerville MA


April 23
Zoom Registration





The City of Somerville can provide you with an interpreter in your language for free. To request an interpreter, please contact us at somervillema.gov/ContactSomerviva or call 311 (617-666-3311) at least 7 days in advance of this event

Si necesita ayuda en su idioma, comuníquese con nosotros a través de somervillema.gov/ContactSomerviva o llame al 311 (617-666-3311)      

Caso precise de assistência em seu idioma, entre em contato conosco por meio deste formulário online: somervillema.gov/ContactSomerviva ou ligue para 311 (617-666-3311)   

Si ou bezwen asistans nan lang ou a, kontakte nou nan somervillema.gov/ContactSomerviva oswa rele 311 (617-666-3311)    

यदि आफ्नो भाषामा सहायता चाहिन्छ भने कृपया सम्पर्क गर्नुहोस: www.somervillema.gov/ContactSomerviva गर्नुहोस् वा यो ३११ (६१७-६६६-३३११) / 311 (617-666-3311)   

如果您需要語言方面的協助 請撥打 311 (617-666-3311) 或於somervillema.gov/ContactSomerviva 聯絡 彩薩默: 移民事務辦公室。  

如果您需要语言方面的协助,请联系 (somervillema.gov/ContactSomerViva)或者请拨打 311(617-666-3311)。

Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Adrienne Pomeroy seven (7) business days in advance of the event at 617-625-6600 x 2059 or apomeroy@somervillema.gov.


Thanks for visiting the Somerville Armory project page! If you're new here, please take a look at this narrative and reference material - previous public meetings, Advisory Committee meetings, and background information are a good place to start.


Project Overview

Somerville recently acquired the Armory property for use as a public Community Arts Center. The city's Economic Development Division and the Somerville Arts Council (SAC) are supervising a consultant, Create Today, LLC, to compile an Armory Master Plan will guide how the property will serve as an arts center, including a business strategy outlining how the space will be used, managed and financially sustainable.

Project Timeline

The Somerville Economic Development Division and Arts Council are working closely with Create Today LLC to draft the Armory Master Plan. Preliminary research started in 2022. Community meetings were held in the summer of 2023 to review work done to date. As a result, the City decided to garner additional feedback by hosting four additional public meetings from January to April, 2024 before drafting a Master Plan for review in the summer of 2024. We expect the Master Plan to be finalized and submitted to the Mayor in the Fall of 2024. Once the Master Plan is finished, the Economic Development Division and the Arts Council will quickly pivot to implementation.

Project Site

The Somerville Armory is located at 191 Highland Avenue, a nearly 1-acre site between Davis Square and Somerville City Hall. Built in 1903 with three floors and a basement spanning 27,000 square feet, this building contains nearly 22,000 square feet of usable space. It currently features a two-story, 5,600 square foot performance hall with a mezzanine, a ground floor cafe, large work rooms and live/work apartments on the upper floors.

The Armory first served as a National Guard facility until the 1970's and was then transferred to the Massachusetts State Police. Vacant since the mid-1980's, the site was purchased by a private owner in 2004 and renovated in 2009 as a private arts facility and performance space. The City acquired the property in 2021, and will use the forthcoming Master Plan as a roadmap to transition it into a modern public arts center. The City must follow state law in selecting future tenants through public request for proposal (RFP) procedures, and public relocation processes in helping current Armory tenants adjust to future use of the site.

Somerville Armory Hybrid Meeting Series
Meeting I:
Our Arts Ecosystem
Meeting II:
Our Community Spaces

February 27 6PM @ Connexion
149 Broadway, Somerville MA


February 27
Zoom Registration


Use this link to RSVP for the in-person meetings you are able to attend!
Meeting III:
The Armory Existing

March 26 6PM Somerville High School
81 Highland Ave, Somerville MA


March 26
Zoom Registration
Meeting IV:
The Armory Future

April 23 6PM @ Community Baptist Church
31 College Ave, Somerville MA


April 23
Zoom Registration





The City of Somerville can provide you with an interpreter in your language for free. To request an interpreter, please contact us at somervillema.gov/ContactSomerviva or call 311 (617-666-3311) at least 7 days in advance of this event

Si necesita ayuda en su idioma, comuníquese con nosotros a través de somervillema.gov/ContactSomerviva o llame al 311 (617-666-3311)      

Caso precise de assistência em seu idioma, entre em contato conosco por meio deste formulário online: somervillema.gov/ContactSomerviva ou ligue para 311 (617-666-3311)   

Si ou bezwen asistans nan lang ou a, kontakte nou nan somervillema.gov/ContactSomerviva oswa rele 311 (617-666-3311)    

यदि आफ्नो भाषामा सहायता चाहिन्छ भने कृपया सम्पर्क गर्नुहोस: www.somervillema.gov/ContactSomerviva गर्नुहोस् वा यो ३११ (६१७-६६६-३३११) / 311 (617-666-3311)   

如果您需要語言方面的協助 請撥打 311 (617-666-3311) 或於somervillema.gov/ContactSomerviva 聯絡 彩薩默: 移民事務辦公室。  

如果您需要语言方面的协助,请联系 (somervillema.gov/ContactSomerViva)或者请拨打 311(617-666-3311)。

Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Adrienne Pomeroy seven (7) business days in advance of the event at 617-625-6600 x 2059 or apomeroy@somervillema.gov.


Thanks for visiting the Somerville Armory project page! If you're new here, please take a look at this narrative and reference material - previous public meetings, Advisory Committee meetings, and background information are a good place to start.


Project Overview

Somerville recently acquired the Armory property for use as a public Community Arts Center. The city's Economic Development Division and the Somerville Arts Council (SAC) are supervising a consultant, Create Today, LLC, to compile an Armory Master Plan will guide how the property will serve as an arts center, including a business strategy outlining how the space will be used, managed and financially sustainable.

Project Timeline

The Somerville Economic Development Division and Arts Council are working closely with Create Today LLC to draft the Armory Master Plan. Preliminary research started in 2022. Community meetings were held in the summer of 2023 to review work done to date. As a result, the City decided to garner additional feedback by hosting four additional public meetings from January to April, 2024 before drafting a Master Plan for review in the summer of 2024. We expect the Master Plan to be finalized and submitted to the Mayor in the Fall of 2024. Once the Master Plan is finished, the Economic Development Division and the Arts Council will quickly pivot to implementation.

Project Site

The Somerville Armory is located at 191 Highland Avenue, a nearly 1-acre site between Davis Square and Somerville City Hall. Built in 1903 with three floors and a basement spanning 27,000 square feet, this building contains nearly 22,000 square feet of usable space. It currently features a two-story, 5,600 square foot performance hall with a mezzanine, a ground floor cafe, large work rooms and live/work apartments on the upper floors.

The Armory first served as a National Guard facility until the 1970's and was then transferred to the Massachusetts State Police. Vacant since the mid-1980's, the site was purchased by a private owner in 2004 and renovated in 2009 as a private arts facility and performance space. The City acquired the property in 2021, and will use the forthcoming Master Plan as a roadmap to transition it into a modern public arts center. The City must follow state law in selecting future tenants through public request for proposal (RFP) procedures, and public relocation processes in helping current Armory tenants adjust to future use of the site.

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