Council reviews art center plans

Representing eight months of planning and discussion, plans for the proposed Community Arts Center were presented to city council at its June 9 meeting.
   “It has been eight months since I came to council and you let me work on this,” Zeinab Ghais said in leading off discussion of the arts center.
   The arts center would serve the community – within walking distance of downtown - with a unifying organization for artists and art groups, Ghais said.
   The center would provide a venue, Mayor Mark Bricker said in an executive summary of the center he circulated at council’s meeting, for acting, dancing and art groups.
   She presented a $300,000 proposal for purchasing Bay City’s old Main Theater on F Street and renovating it for the arts center.
   Ghais explained that $150,000 of that total could come from city hotel tax revenues, while the rest would come from the city’s general fund.
   The city would own the building and lease it to the arts center, Ghais said to a question from council member Bill Cornman about ownership.
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