City Admin in support of ACI Proposal

Here is some good news for fellow supporters of the Arts in Rochester. The City Administrator has come out in support of the ACI proposal! I remain strongly supportive of the ACI proposal from both an arts & inclusivity perspective.

Here is the memo.

—–Original Message—–
From: Brede, Ardell
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:18 PM
To: Kvenvold, Steve <skvenvold@rochestermn.gov>
Subject: RE: Armory Reuse Matters

Steve; as you know even before you sent the attached email to Council I had expressed some thoughts.
While I agree getting an appraisal of the Armory was wise and appropriate I have never thought we should actually put it up for sale. I would not support that.
Initially, I thought the proposal from the Collaborative lacked depth and am not sure what the “cultural” component entails.
I personally would like to Armory contain the focus on the Arts. I would expect the proposers would have to tighten up their proposal and the City would need to define out financial role. I believe we should be involved in their management structure.
I think we should consider covering the buildings utilities expenses. I believe the Armory’s focus on the Arts could complement the Chateau Theatre in creating an ‘artisitc quarter.’
Please share with the Council.

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