There are just three options for members of the Gura Building Use Committee to choose from when it comes to selecting the fate of the building that stands next to .
The building could be demolished, sold to a developer or leased and used by a non-profit, most likely as an arts center in the downtown area. If the decision were left up to you, which one would you choose and why?
It’s a question that the committee will ask on Wednesday evening during a public input session. The session will take place at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the and the committee is asking residence to take time to weigh in with their thoughts.
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Mary DeCroce, a vocal advocate for the need to find a downtown space to develop an arts center, said Monday that she fully supports the third option.
“As most of you know, I have been working for over a year and a half, with 12 other people to save the Gura building for an art center. We have sent architects, engineers and builders through the building and have been told it is in satisfactory condition for our use,” she said in an email.
“We have met with state and federal grant representatives and have access to funding. We have contacted all local foundations and have local support. We have found out although the Gura Building is not a historical building, in 1988 it was registered as a historical contributing building to the town green and is listed on both the state and national registry for historical preservation.”
“Bottom line is that we have access to $250,000 from the state to preserve it. It has been a long process but I am committed to having a place in Southington artists can exhibit, teach, perform and sell their work. I believe the Gura building is the perfect place for this. Please join me Wednesday night 7:00 at the police station to share your support for this cause.”
So where do you stand on the project? Be sure to come out on Wednesday but don’t be afraid to share your opinion in our comments section below and be sure to vote on our poll.
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