By Sally Mackay on behalf of the Hub Executive Board
We are actually getting close to making this project a reality – this vision that we shared with you and that you have become an integral part of.
The first thing I want to say to everyone is ‘Happy New Year!’ The second is ‘Thank you again for your ongoing support of The Hub on Canal.’
Here is where we are today:
- 1) We are negotiating with the owners of the building for a mutually acceptable lease agreement. We are over the bigger hurdles and now it is a matter of dealing with the details.
- 2) We are on the agenda for the January 11th CRA meeting at 2.00 p.m. in City Hall.
- 3) Our request for a newly framed lease-assistance program will be part of the discussion slated to take place at the City Commission/CRA Workshop on January 18th from 4.00 to 6.00 at City Hall.
- 4) We will also be on the agenda for the City Commission regular meeting on January 24th at 6.30 to 11.00 in City Hall.
- 5) 90% of our Artists’ work space has been taken. This represents thirty new businesses coming to Canal St. and we are tremendously excited by the wide range of artwork we The Hub on Canal will be showcasing, not to mention being a part of the energies that will result as the Artists interact with each other.
On a personal note, I want to acknowledge the work done by the folks on the Executive Board. They have been amazing. This whole process, once we decided 132 Canal St. was the best possible location for The Hub, has been on-going for almost a year. Add to that the months spent on locations that did not pan out, on researching other art-centers, the Open House, petitions and membership drives, countless meetings, emails, and the spreadsheets, websites, business plans, and DVD’s, and you have some idea of their commitment. And we have been happy to do it.
We believe in each other, in our City, and in the value of our Downtown. And you know what? We are actually getting close to making this project a reality – this vision that we shared with you and that you have become an integral part of.
So again, thank you, and a happy and successful New Year to all.
Executive Board Members: Sally Mackay, Susan Ellis, Susan Stern, Bill Preston, Nancy Barclay
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