Averaging between 6,000-8,000 visitors a month, curator
The proof may be found in the city of
According to City Clerk
"We average about
Callahan said that was largely due to the city's minimal expenses associated with the exhibit.
The organizers are offering the same type of self-sufficiency in a proposal for a long-term lease with the city to bring in other exhibits, concerts and Las Vegas-style shows.
"I think it turned out to be a good deal," said Callahan, who noted that if the city does consider the proposal, "It's to their benefit to bring in better acts and performances to get the people in."
The initial proposal was to offer the city a percentage of proceeds from ticket sales for the events Rodgers brings to the auditorium. Callahan said as discussions move forward, he would be more comfortable in determining a flat fee, strictly for budgetary reasons, so the city can gauge what revenue might be expected.
"As long as we've been here, we've lost money on the auditorium," he said. "What I would be interested in seeing is what costs would be if we didn't do anything there. If we just shut it down."
Callahan said the city would still lose about
The other concern is the city's long-term plan to eventually vacate the city hall property in favor of private riverfront development. There is no timetable, but Callahan said he wouldn't want to see the city enter into a long-term contract that it couldn't get out of should an opportunity present itself.
Rodgers said he wants to work with the city and isn't looking for a perpetual lease. He has not heard from the city yet on the proposal he offered in June.
"If they get back to me, we can consider whatever proposal they are wanting to present," said Rodgers. "We would love to work with the city. We love
Rodgers agreed, saying since the
"If everybody likes it and sees it as a positive thing, I think it will go forward," said Rodgers. "Right now, we are just at wait and see and hopefully they'll be in contact with us soon.
Rodgers said in the meantime, he is looking for another exhibit to bring to the auditorium at a later date. While nothing is certain yet, he is looking at the possibility of a Rembrandt or Living Dinosaurs exhibit.
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