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Title: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: BigRedDog on March 05, 2013, 06:58:06 PM
Looks to me like the same company that owns some local pharmacies has purchased it.  They're working on it today too.  I'm guessing if they're going to use it for a pharmacy they're going to demolish the 2 buildings that are there :-\ :-\ :-\

Hopefully someone has read or heard something ??? ??? ???

I took a couple of pictures...  I'll post them after I get them uploaded :D :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: BigRedDog on March 05, 2013, 07:08:27 PM
They're not the best...  all I had with me was my cell phone and it was starting to get a little dark so the shutter speed was kind of slow.

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac260/bigreddog1/2013-03-05_16-34-41_84_zps45e6c76c.jpg)

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac260/bigreddog1/2013-03-05_16-34-55_776_zps0e93dc99.jpg)
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: BigRedDog on March 06, 2013, 08:04:41 AM
I had a chance this morning to sort out some of the info on this. 

Grice's Hometown Properties purchased the site on 3-16-2012 (almost a year ago) for $171,500 from the State of Michigan and the Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs.  For some reason I can't get my cut and paste to work so you'll have to trust me on that info until I can paste a copy.

Grice's (also shown as Grices) owns other pharmacy sites in Monroe and all over Michigan.  Other than the 'new' HomeTown Pharmacy on N. Monroe St. they're known locally as Village Pharmacy.  And there is one about 100 yards from this site so makes sense they'll probably be moving it over there.  So, not really an additional pharmacy in town. 

http://www.hometownpharmacy.com/LocationsList.html (http://www.hometownpharmacy.com/LocationsList.html)

Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: Monique on March 06, 2013, 08:59:21 AM
Do you know yet if they're doing demolition? I've always thought that building is lovely--very strong lines. I've only been inside once, as a small child, so I don't recall the interior. Sure seems like it could be put to good use rather than torn down. But that was said about Christiancy and Lincoln schools, too.  :-\
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: BigRedDog on March 06, 2013, 09:14:03 AM
Do you know yet if they're doing demolition? I've always thought that building is lovely--very strong lines. I've only been inside once, as a small child, so I don't recall the interior. Sure seems like it could be put to good use rather than torn down. But that was said about Christiancy and Lincoln schools, too.  :-\

I remember being in there one time too...   seems like it was for a home and garden show of some sort...  anyone remember if the Homebuilders ever did their show there.  I remember the long haul up all the steps too...   The layout of the building would make it tough to do much with unless you did a major upgrade...  which would probably cost more than tearing it down and building something else. 

Just looking at their pile of dirt and the size of their excavator I don't think they're just doing a raised garden ;) ;) ;)

And the one time I was in there I do remember a very cute young lady that caught my attention a couple of times while I was walking around.  Could that have been you by some chance ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: Monique on March 06, 2013, 09:31:36 AM
And the one time I was in there I do remember a very cute young lady that caught my attention a couple of times while I was walking around.  Could that have been you by some chance ;) ;) ;)
It's true I was an adorable child! LOL Coulda been me if you were in there around 1970-71ish. Big dark eyes, black curly hair, full tilt attitude? ;0)
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: BigRedDog on March 06, 2013, 10:15:49 AM
We didn't move here until '84 so you would have been a little older by then...

so it was probably the other cute young lady from Monroe :P :P :P
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: Monique on March 06, 2013, 10:25:40 AM
 ;D ;D ;D  My facebook profile has a pic of me from 1984 that I just put up earlier today. I was still cute even then. ;0)
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: FritzTheKat on March 06, 2013, 10:35:02 AM
too true
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: Will Sweat on March 06, 2013, 10:38:38 AM
Do you know yet if they're doing demolition? I've always thought that building is lovely--very strong lines. I've only been inside once, as a small child, so I don't recall the interior. Sure seems like it could be put to good use rather than torn down. But that was said about Christiancy and Lincoln schools, too.  :-\

I have great memories of that building . . . my Dad was the 1SG with 156 Sig Bn for a long time.  I even served with 156 for about four years. 

Right after my time at the Community Center ended I had some conversations with Rep. Ebli about trying to get the building and turning it into a community facility (had a terrific gym and stage with a full kitchen downstairs). 

Sad to see if go if they tear it down. 
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: BigRedDog on March 06, 2013, 11:28:35 AM
Like father, like daughter!!!

My youngest just sent me this picture...   and she had no idea about this thread either ;D ;D ;D

This is from this morning:

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac260/bigreddog1/WP_20130306_001_zps37c7d4cd.jpg)
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: Monique on March 06, 2013, 11:50:14 AM
Looks like Li'l Dawg has a nicer camera!  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: Monique on March 06, 2013, 11:52:44 AM
too true
;D
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: BigRedDog on March 06, 2013, 12:24:16 PM
Looks like Li'l Dawg has a nicer camera!  ;D

That was from her new Windows OS phone...  not sure what brand or model though.  I noticed the file name on the picture started with WP...

I knew it was getting kind of late last night to be taking pictures with my phone but for whatever reason didn't have a camera with me.  I guess I get a little careless when I have the phone to fall back on!!!

She's working near there so I've asked her to keep us updated on what is happening!
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: BigRedDog on March 06, 2013, 01:00:12 PM
Here's the copy and paste from the Register of Deeds website:

Quote
Monroe, MI

Land Records Search Document Detail

2012R05022 QUIT CLAIM DEED 03-16-2012 13:28:49 $171500.00 4 pages

Parties
STATE OF MICHIGAN GRANTOR
DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS GRANTOR
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS GRANTOR
GRICES HOMETOWN PROPERTIES GRANTEE
GRICE'S HOMETOWN PROPERTIES GRANTEE

 

Subdivisions
MONROE TOWNSHIP B: L: OL: P:
SOUTH MONROE TOWNSITE BLOCK B B: B L: 1 OL: P: LIBER 6 PAGE 25
SOUTH MONROE TOWNSITE BLOCK B B: B L: 2 OL: P: LIBER 6 PAGE 25
SOUTH MONROE TOWNSITE BLOCK B B: B L: 3 OL: P: LIBER 6 PAGE 25
SOUTH MONROE TOWNSITE BLOCK B B: B L: 21 OL: P: LIBER 6 PAGE 25
SOUTH MONROE TOWNSITE BLOCK B B: B L: 20 OL: P: LIBER 6 PAGE 25
SOUTH MONROE TOWNSITE BLOCK B B: B L: 22 OL: P: LIBER 6 PAGE 25
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: BigRedDog on March 06, 2013, 01:36:32 PM
More pictures from my daughter...

The manlift was in the storage building last night when we drove around there...
(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac260/bigreddog1/WP_20130306_003_zpsc05dab80.jpg)

Now they've brought in 2nd excavator...   sure looks like demolition equipment to me!
(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac260/bigreddog1/WP_20130306_004_zps3ac988f4.jpg)

And they're still bringing in dirt...  probably to fill in where the basement is!!!

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac260/bigreddog1/WP_20130306_007_zpsf0bed8c7.jpg)
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: forever39 on March 06, 2013, 01:57:24 PM
I was hoping another old building in Historic Monroe wouldn't be going away.
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: BigRedDog on March 06, 2013, 03:57:38 PM
I was hoping another old building in Historic Monroe wouldn't be going away.


Sorry forever39 but it sounds like it's "going away" :( :( :(

From the MEN website:

http://www.monroenews.com/news/2013/mar/06/pharmacy-raze-armory-store/ (http://www.monroenews.com/news/2013/mar/06/pharmacy-raze-armory-store/)
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: Billy on March 06, 2013, 04:16:14 PM
Yippee, another pharmacy. Personally, I have been a Village pharmacy customer for years but will be leaving them. I have continued to go there because of their stores small size and short wait. Since we will be forced into the larger store option we have decided to go to Kroger since we buy groceries there anyways, may as well get the 50 bucks free groceries and longer pharmacy hours. Really has nothing to do with the armory as we have always used the drug store on Cole Rd. and decided on this when our pharmacist told my wife they were moving to a larger location on Monroe St. but it is sad to see yet another piece of history torn down.
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: Monique on March 06, 2013, 05:39:08 PM
Pharmacies, cell phones, pizza, hot dogs, and ice cream. We have lots and lots of choices!!
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: BigRedDog on June 26, 2013, 09:52:30 AM
They now have a sign up on the parcel but it caught me by surprise and I didn't catch everything it said.  I saw something about the design company but not even sure it said it was going to be a pharmacy :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: supermom on June 26, 2013, 11:05:05 AM
Construction is supposed to start next week.
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: Flanders on June 26, 2013, 11:15:15 AM
When i drive by i think about those people who's backyard view took a dramatic, but temporary, change of scenery.
Title: Re: Anyone know what's going on at the old armory on S. Dixie
Post by: BigRedDog on May 12, 2018, 09:59:54 AM
Here's a summary to this thread!

http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180512/heres-what-happened-to-old-monroe-armory (http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180512/heres-what-happened-to-old-monroe-armory)