The fate of the will be decided as early as Friday morning and a last public input session Wednesday evening led more than 70 people to turn out with the overwhelming majority in favor of having the building leased to the Southington Community Cultural Arts Association to have the building transformed into an arts center.
The meeting, held at the , was the last of several hosted by the Gura Building Use Committee as they made their decision on whether to demolish the building, sell it to a private developer or lease it to a non-profit organization.
"I felt that the meeting tonight was an important part of the process, for government transparency," said Stephanie Urillo, member of the committee. "It's an important town property on the corner of Berlin Avenue and Main Street and we need to make sure the public has had ample opportunity to weigh in."
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Urillo, who requested the public input session, has not made her opinion on how to best address the building public.
Nearly 20 people spoke, with only two expressing concerns over having the building used as an arts center. Both Pamela DePaolo and Jennie Urillo expressed concerns over the location, but said the support an arts center being developed in the downtown Southington area.
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