Funding for performing arts center feasibility study before council |

Funding for performing arts center feasibility study before council

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – City Council is set to consider a request for additional funding to do a feasibility study for building a performing arts/events center near the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

Earlier this year, council appointed a task force to come up with a request for proposals seeking a consultant to conduct the feasibility study. Nine proposals were submitted, and three firms were interviewed last month, according to a staff memo for tonight’s regular City Council meeting.

“With funding approval, a firm will be contracted [to do] the study,” according to the memo.

However, an additional appropriation of $35,000 is needed to proceed with the project, which council members will discuss and possibly decide on tonight.

The consulting firm would “assess the feasibility of building and operating a performing arts theater/events center on the Community Center Site based on existing conceptual plans,” according to the request for proposals.

“This feasibility study will also include evaluation of existing facilities (i.e. Glenwood Springs High School) to determine where needs can be met as defined in the existing feasibility study. The successful firm shall also develop a pro-forma for the performing arts/events center for this facility located at the Community Center site.”

The work would be done between November and January, with a report of the selected firm’s finding soon thereafter, the staff memo indicates.

Tonight’s regular council session begins at 7 p.m. at Glenwood Springs City Hall, 101 W. 8th St.

Also on the agenda is a conceptual review for a nearby proposed private nightclub/performance venue at Glenwood Meadows. The Occam’s Razor Performance Venue would be located in Parcel G of Glenwood Meadows, which is a mixed-use zone on the south side of Wulfsohn Road.

Council will also consider an appeal of the city Planning and Zoning Commission’s denial of an attached wall sign on the Midland Center for the new Colorado Urgent Care facility.

Tonight’s meeting begins with a 5 p.m. work session to discuss the proposed 2011 city budget.

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