Carbondale arts building changes hands
CARBONDALE Developers Rock Leonard and Larry Green have partnered to purchase the property at Sixth and Main streets in Carbondale currently home to the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) and The Artists Collective.Leonard confirmed last week that they closed on the property on May 21, but added that there are no immediate plans for the building or the site. He said he would like to eventually raze the building and construct a mixed-use building that fits with the historical feel of downtown.Its too small to do anything with. Its a 1964 vintage post office building, Leonard said of the building that served as Carbondales post office until the newer facility was built next door in the 1980s. Weve got plans to redevelop it because its pretty much useless the way it is now.The 65-foot-by-75-foot lot has no historical designation since it is less than 50 years old.CCAH board president Ken Garvick and CCAH Director Ro Mead have been working to land a new home at the old Carbondale Elementary School building, while Artists Collective owner Karla Bingham is planning to move east on Main Street to the new building next to Misers Mercantile.Garvick said the CCAH Board of Directors has been debating the pros and cons of staying on Main Street, but that its not financially viable for the organization.Some of us were very excited and some of us were not, he said of the prospect of moving to the old school building at the south end of Third Street. The plan to turn the old elementary school into a nonprofit center involves a three-way land deal between the Roaring Fork School District, CCAH and the town.The reality is we cant afford to be on Main Street anymore. SAW [Studio for Artists & Works at 978 Euclid] has proved the point that you can be any number of places in Carbondale if things are happening, Garvick said at the CCAH annual members meeting May 22.He told The Valley Journal that CCAH has a gentlemens agreement to stay in the building until the end of the year, but that its possible the organization will move out as early as the fall if all of the pieces come together sooner. That plan also hinges on the sale of CCAHs property at Second and Main streets, which is under contract and set to close at the end of June, according to Garvick.
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