Plans are complete and nearly through the permitting phase and, very soon, Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center project will be ready to go out to bid.
BUT, BELIEVE IT OR NOT,
THAT COULD BE THE END OF THE STORY!!!!!
·The Redevelopment Agency (RDA) will be meeting on May 5, 2009 at 5 p.m. in City Hall to “prioritize”
projects to receive funding from the 2006 RDA Bond.
·If the City Council determines at this meeting that this community arts center is not high on the
community’s list of priorities, they may elect to advance other projects instead of following through on
previous Council endorsements and the investment of money and public involvement that has been made in the Carnegie.
·At the October 9, 2007 City Council meeting, seventeen Turlock citizens of all ages and from a wide
spectrum of our community spoke so eloquently for nearly an hour and a half. Over 100 citizens packed
the Chamber and over 2000 signatures were presented to Council in support of the restoration and
expansion of the Carnegie Arts Center.
·Will Council disregard the 2007 unanimous decision identifying 2006 RDA funds for the rebirth of the
Carnegie and directing city staff and the Carnegie Building Committee to go forward with plans for the
restoration and two-story expansion, a year and a half process that has brought us so close to the realization of a community arts center the City of Turlock deserves?
That is why it is so important that once again you
let the City Council know you support the use of the previously identified
RDA funds for the Carnegie Arts Center renovation project.
·There are no other projects currently on the list of possible RDA projects as shovel ready as the Carnegie.
·How much longer will the City allow the charred remains of this historic building to be a blight on our
downtown and west side neighborhood?
·A lot of effort has gone into designing the proposed Public Safety Center to coordinate with the Carnegie Arts Center plans.
·What are the City’s plans for the Carnegie property if RDA funding is removed and the project does not go forward? Does the Council plan to go forward with this new Public Safety Center next to such blight? Do they expend more funds to redesign the Public Safety Center?
·How fiscally responsible is it to abandon so much capital expenditure already invested in the Carnegie?
If you are so inclined, please write or phone your council members and
please attend the May 5th RDA meeting.
Tell them: “I support Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center as a top priority to receive 2006 RDA bond funding.”
Your Turlock City Council: Via Email:
Mayor John Lazar firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Mayor Ted Howze email@example.com
Council Member Kurt Spycher
Council Member Amy Bublak firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Mary Jackson email@example.com