SCOTTS VALLEY -- City staff will work with a fledgling nonprofit to hammer out details of a plan to manage a not-yet-built performing arts facility on Kings Village Road.
That work will begin even as the group works out details of its own business plan -- a requirement before any group can file for nonprofit status -- recruits members for its board of directors and investigates potential funding sources.
The group will return to the City Council later with a formal proposal. As it stands now, it would involve leasing the 9,000-square-foot site from the city, making renovations, then turning around and leasing it to the performing arts groups, the group's representative, Lee Besse, told city leaders at Wednesday's City Council meeting.
Once all the details are worked out and the group officially incorporates, he said, it will do "nothing more than support the operation of public theaters."
In June, the same architectural firm hired to design the library was contracted by the city to create a conceptual design for the now-empty space. At Wednesday's meeting, David Schnee, a principal with Group 4 Architecture, showed a 3-D rendering of the proposed design that resulted from several public meetings held in the last few months. The design includes a lobby, seating for up to 250 patrons, an elevated stage with wings on either side, and a small outdoor dining area.
Council member Randy Johnson praised the firm's work, saying it "illustrates the possibilities that have gone into this as far as what could be and fills a void in Scotts Valley." Mayor Donna Lind concurred, saying it was "fun to be part of the process" to come up with the proposed design, and adding, "This is going to be an exciting process for all of us."
Schnee said the project's total cost should be determined by the end of the month. However, it will not be covered by the city, which has no funds set aside for the facility.
In other business, the city will request funding from the county's Regional Surface Transportation Program for two road-improvement projects, for a total cost of nearly $1 million. If approved, those funds would be used for resurfacing and restriping work on Scotts Valley Drive, and to create an additional left-hand turn lane from Mount Hermon Road onto Whispering Pines Drive. Signals along Mount Hermon Road and Scotts Valley Drive also would be modified as part of that work, aimed at easing traffic ahead of planned future development.
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