SV residents review
arts center proposal
Express Staff Writer
arts center in Sun Valley received a favorable response from Sun Valley
residents at the city’s town meeting on Jan. 29 at the Sun Valley Inn.
point, applause broke out after an audience member congratulated the city,
saying "Those communities that are great communities have
Mayor Dave Wilson and Aspen architect Harry Teague presented the
conceptual work done on the arts center to the audience of about 125
the architect behind the designs of the Benedict Music Tent and the Harris
Concert Hall in Aspen.
is more than an architect. He helps arts communities to join together in
figuring out the kind of facilities they need, and then helps them begin
the process of becoming a non-profit organization that can financially
sustain the facilities.
advocating a consortium of different groups, an umbrella of the arts, to
make and keep making the money," he said.
the audience that building an arts center "is an incremental process
toward creating a good community. The ideal is to bring the community
proposed site is a five-acre parcel of land contiguous to Our Lady of the
Snows Catholic Church on Sun Valley Road.
that when he saw the property, he thought it "uniquely and ideally
suited for this type of arts facility," one which included many if
not all the different groups in the valley’s arts community.
presented a possible "footprint" of buildings on the site, which
he called "a conceptual preliminary master plan," stressing that
what he was presenting was just "conjecture."
collection of buildings, such as an outdoor amphitheater, a large indoor
theater and a youth center would "allow interaction of the different
arts groups, to benefit each other synergistically."
One of the
more controversial elements of the current "footprint" is an
underground parking lot for 250 vehicles.
the audience that Sun Valley and Ketchum would both be needing more
parking in the near future.
parking was already a problem along Sun Valley Road when the Catholic
Church and St. Thomas Episcopal Church hold services at the same time.
parking would not only serve the arts center but relieve the parking
problem from other events like church services.
Teague both envisioned the arts center as a city center where pedestrian
traffic would not only originate but where it would be drawn.
audience members were concerned about the mandate for an arts center,
rather than using the property for something else.
Teague assured the audience that part of the process of building an arts
center is to make sure it has community backing.
the audience that the city was not going to be responsible for building
and maintaining an arts center. Rather, the city was offering the five
acres on a long-term lease to a consortium that built and maintained the
said, an arts center may never happen. The property may simply remain
building it is his goal, Wilson said. "I want to be able to look back
20 years from now, and be able to say that was a great idea."