Towson University aims to open a new space that its president said will serve as a “front door” to the community next year.

The Maryland National Guard Armory will be transformed into the home of the university’s public-facing programs, including entrepreneurship and workforce development, TU President Kim Schatzel announced on Friday.

Located on Washington Avenue near the center of the Baltimore County seat, the 21,000-square-foot building dates to 1933. It has an open floor plan and high ceilings. With the new use, Towson is aiming to deepen ties with the surrounding community.

“The Armory building gives TU a true home in the bustling, uptown area of our county seat,” Schatzel said. “I’m excited to see new partnerships created and existing partnerships re-energized as critical conversations for our region unfold inside the walls of this historic space. Pulling together the assets of our university to support the community, we see the armory building as a problem-solving space.”

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