Letter: Glenwood community assets
With so many dynamic events going on in Glenwood such as the bridge, Sixth Street redevelopment, and parks enhancement, it is time to think about refreshing some of our community assets. I would like to suggest a sort of “musical chairs” game, the chairs being the old library, the art center, the Frontier Historical Museum and the Masonic Hall.
The Center for the Arts has outgrown its place. The building is possibly the oldest hydroelectric building in the U.S. Let’s remodel it, obtain historic designation and make it the Frontier Museum. What a terrific tourist attraction. What a perfect location.
The old library would make a great senior center. A perfect location downtown, close to the new library, CMC and transportation. There’s even talk of joint activities with the Methodist Church next door. Plus, the building is ADA compliant and ready as a public facility.
The Center for the Arts needs a new, custom-designed facility, not a repurposed structure, even if there was one good enough in Glenwood. I suggest a fine arts/performing arts center be located at the confluence. It would be part of a development complex including civic elements, commercial lease space such as riverfront dining and tourist attractions. A perfect location for connectivity with our river trails and parks. What would the center do in the meantime? How about satellite facilities spread between the Masonic Hall, the empty CMC building at Ninth and Grand and the high school.
Let’s think big and long term, but act now.
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