HARTFORD, Ala (WDHN)—After years of being decommissioned, the 70-year-old Hartford Armory may be getting a new life.

In September, the Hartford City Council agreed to pay $60,000 for the old National Guard Armory and the property it’s located on.

The armory is located at the intersection of State Highway 51 and 167. The lot includes the armory, parking lot , vehicle shed, and a large field with a fence.

Built-in the early 1950s, the Armory has been a staple of the community for many years. Even after being decommisioned as an military installment, it continued to host local events such as The Winston Howell Race and the town’s Halloween celebration.

The Council has not decided if the building should renovated or possibly torn down to make way for something new.

Hartford Mayor Neil Strickland says the building may not be able to be retrofitted.

Within a year we could tear it down and put somethng up, or we could move the police department and city hall there. We really don’t know what we are going to do.

Mayor Strickland

Past city council members have expressed interest in turning the old armory into a first responders hub for the city, housing the HPD and Hartford Fire and Rescue.