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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Arts Center Proposed for Belleville YMCA

Today the Belleville News-Democrat reported on an effort to turn the old YMCA building in Belleville, Illinois -- originally the Belleville Turner Hall -- into an arts center.

The story included some good news in the saga: members of a city committee charged with selling the city-owned building are impressed with the plan. After a lackluster response to a city-issued Request for Proposals (RFP) last year, Belleville officials have began mentioning demolition as a possible outcome. In February, I joined Belleville preservationists in urging the city to re-issue the RFP, which lacked important information on the building and mostly consisted of a report and asbestos in the building.

Proponents of the arts center have launched a Facebook group for supporters.

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