Exterior of the Hyannis Armory on South Street across from Barnstable Town Hall.
President-elect John F. Kennedy delivered his first speech onsite at the Hyannis Armory on Nov. 9, 1960.
The armory building is currently used for storage.

On Nov. 9, 1960, John F. Kennedy gave his 1st speech as U.S. president-elect from the Hyannis Armory, at first designed in 1958 and deeded to the city in 2016.

Specifically throughout from Barnstable City Hall, the now-vacant, 20,000-sq.-ft. armory has deteriorated properly past its handy everyday living.

On the other hand, “we are now at a stage in which we are completely ready to bid the renovations of that facility,” City Supervisor Mark Ells documented to the Town Council Thursday. “We imagine a consolidation to a downtown campus below.”

The estimated $5.6 million renovation would require an evaluation of all systems in the making, hazmat remediation and style and design, which Ells said may be a joint community/non-public exertion. He envisions leasing portions of the creating “with the target of acquiring a contemporary Health and fitness Division Place of work there,” entire with meeting rooms, bathrooms and community space for programming. Upgrading the building’s HVAC, fireplace security programs, IT and AV expert services possible would operate yet another $2 million, Ells explained.