PATERSON - The city of Paterson is taking steps to revitalize the historic armory building, which has been deteriorating since it was shut down more than 20 years ago.

City leaders recently awarded a contract to a company to remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from the building, so the building can one day be renovated.

Parents say they want it turned into a recreation center. "We have a lot of children here," says Carol Lawrence. "And they don't have a place to go. We don't want them outside because there is a lot of crime.  So if they clean it up and turn it into a rec center, then they'll have someplace to be."

Right now, there are no official plans for the armory, but officials say it would cost a reported $45 million to renovate the ailing structure.