Burlington City Looks to Sell Former National Guard Armory

Nj National Guard Armory 559 High Street Burlington
Request for proposals are being collected for the redevelopment of the New Jersey National Guard Armory in Burlington. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

A South Jersey building that was previously used as an armory could end up in the hands of a redeveloper.

The City of Burlington is looking for firms interested in buying and redeveloping the old New Jersey National Guard Armory at 559 High Street. City officials issued a request for proposals involving the two-story building, part of which dates back to 1927.

Entities seeking to acquire the structure would reportedly need to include a conceptual site plan, a proposed offering price, cost estimates, and multiple other documents.

“It is anticipated that proposals for the Armory will include the redeveloper’s vision for the revitalization of the building which will benefit City residents and create a use or mix of uses at the Armory,” the RFP says, adding that “proposals calling for the demolition of the Armory building will not be considered.”

The premises are located close to Route 130 in the New Yorkshire neighborhood, just under half a mile from the Burlington Towne Centre stop on the River Line light rail.

Proposals are due by June 10 at 4:00 p.m., with interviews with potential redevelopers scheduled to take place in July, according to the RFP.

Burlington’s municipal government bought the property from the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in 2020 for $56,300, according to sales records.

A document from the New Jersey State House Commission states that there was a previous plan to sell the site in 2016, but that “the agreement of sale to this party was terminated, effective November 2, 2018, due to the purchaser’s failure to close title.” The file also notes that since 2018, “the property has received significant damage resulting in a reduced liquidated value.”


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