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.
From: Brede, Ardell
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:18 PM
To: Kvenvold, Steve <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.