City To Host Meeting Tonight To Discuss Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013, 9:18:00 AM

Mitch James

The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium at 1855 Main Street is poised to close by June 30.
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The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium at 1855 Main Street is poised to close by June 30.

Is the future of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium important to you?

The City of Santa Monica is holding a community meeting tonight, June 4 to gather input on the future of the Civic, which is slated for closure after June 30.

The meeting will be held from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Virginia Avenue Park in the Thelma Terry Auditorium, 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica.

The City Council is scheduled to be discussing the future of the Civic at its meeting next Tuesday, June 11.

Since the elimination of Redevelopment Agencies, the funding which was to have enabled restoration and revitalization of the Civic is no longer available, and alternative sources of funding must be found. 

The purpose of the meeting is "to gather ideas and input on potential uses, operations, and ways to finance the Civic's renovation."

A Technical Assistance Panel of volunteer experts from the Urban Land Institute conducted a study of the issues last month. 

Concerned community members and local business leaders, including members and leaders of the Santa Monica Conservancy, have formed Save the Civic, which is a Coalition to Rescue the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, to work towards the common goal of restoring and enhancing the Civic’s place as a vibrant cultural and community hub, as well as saving its landmark architecture and continuing its celebrated heritage.

Their website is www.savethecivic.org.

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