Olympia Armory Creative Campus

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What’s happening?

The Armory Concept Design Plan is complete!

At their November 7, 2022 Study Session, City Council received a briefing on the plan and provided feedback to continue with next steps. They:

  • Directed staff to redevelop the freestanding garage as part of the Armory arts infrastructure and prioritize an alternate site for artist live/work housing.
  • Affirmed the recommendation that the Armory would be operated by the Parks, Arts and Recreation Department.
  • Affirmed the recommendation that the City would support Armory operations in a similar fashion as The Olympia Center, to help keep costs to the community as affordable as possible.

About the project

The working vision of the Armory Creative Campus is to support Olympia’s artistic, collaborative, and entrepreneurial spirit. As a welcoming hub, where community members find an exchange of ideas and opportunities for creative expression it can provide a safe place and resources for exploration, positive interaction, and is dedicated to inclusive practices that center community voices from groups that are often underrepresented.

Having acquired the facility in March 2022, the City seeks to leverage the 50,000 sq. ft. Armory facility for use as a creative campus. Community input has shaped the 2021-2022 concept design planning phase and will continue to guide the project into the future.

What’s next?

The business planning phase and partner identification process. See the project timeline to the right for more details.

What’s happening?

The Armory Concept Design Plan is complete!

At their November 7, 2022 Study Session, City Council received a briefing on the plan and provided feedback to continue with next steps. They:

  • Directed staff to redevelop the freestanding garage as part of the Armory arts infrastructure and prioritize an alternate site for artist live/work housing.
  • Affirmed the recommendation that the Armory would be operated by the Parks, Arts and Recreation Department.
  • Affirmed the recommendation that the City would support Armory operations in a similar fashion as The Olympia Center, to help keep costs to the community as affordable as possible.

About the project

The working vision of the Armory Creative Campus is to support Olympia’s artistic, collaborative, and entrepreneurial spirit. As a welcoming hub, where community members find an exchange of ideas and opportunities for creative expression it can provide a safe place and resources for exploration, positive interaction, and is dedicated to inclusive practices that center community voices from groups that are often underrepresented.

Having acquired the facility in March 2022, the City seeks to leverage the 50,000 sq. ft. Armory facility for use as a creative campus. Community input has shaped the 2021-2022 concept design planning phase and will continue to guide the project into the future.

What’s next?

The business planning phase and partner identification process. See the project timeline to the right for more details.

Page last updated: 22 Mar 2023, 08:56 AM