The National Guard Armory building at 9th and Main has been empty since the guard moved to Anaconda last year.

The Department of Military Affairs has appraised the building and about six acres at $1.2 million and the Hamilton City Council has voted to try to buy it ... if the citizens agree.

A mail-in bond election will be held in March, with ballots returned by March 21.

The city has been using the property north of the main armory building as a park for years, thanks to an agreement with the National Guard. But that agreement ends if the property changes hands. The Claudia Driscoll Park includes the Canyon Hideaway playground and the seating area for the Community Band Bandshell.

The city would like to move the police department and Hamilton city court facilities out of the crowded Hamilton City Hall on South 2nd Street. This purchase would replace a previous plan to build a justice center on the east edge of Hamilton in Foxfield.

KLYQ takes you on a walking tour of the property in this YouTube video.