The suggestion was applauded by some and frowned on by others who attended the second of four public workshops on the projects that total more than
Specific locations for the three projects weren't identified, but
A group of residents and state Rep. JosÉ RodrÍguez, D-
Crowe said the HKS group was hired to deliver its final recommendations and plans to the city by July, which meant they couldn't realistically include the Lincoln Center in its plans.
The council will have the final say on where the projects will be located and how they will be built, Crowe said.
Bakalor said that renovating old buildings with architectural significance to the city seems ideal.
"If we are respectful of these buildings, in a certain way we'd prefer that as a recommendation based on what we've seen," he said.
His colleague and subcontractor,
"We have a great framework of architecture in
Another idea that generated buzz -- both positive and negative -- was to combine the cultural center and the children's museum in some form to maximize resources. That could be by sharing a building that separates the two -- or creatively combines them to reach the goals of being engaging, teaching and learning spaces that keep the region's culture and history at the forefront.
"I don't know about that one," said
"By consolidating a place, you can maximize financial resources, maximize community outdoor space, increase brand recognition and collaborate on programming," Ben-Kiki said. She added that no final recommendation has been reached.
About 100 people, including students, attended the meeting at the
One man said he was open to all ideas, including possibly combining projects into a shared space to make the most of available funding.
"We need to utilize public space such as the (
Construction on the
"I want to see something that can generate further growth and include a residential component that will truly sustain a vibrant Downtown," said
Specific locations for the arena weren't identified either, but much of the presentation focused on having it Downtown surrounded by other developments, including residential and retail.
"What we're trying to do is create a new vibrancy in our city," Alvidrez said. There's a lot happening already and we're just looking to build on that."
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