Truckee performing arts center gains momentum, tentative deadlines set |

Truckee performing arts center gains momentum, tentative deadlines set

Rendering by Williams + PaddonA rendering of current architectural plans for the Truckee Cultural Arts Center, replacing the old community center downtown, designed by Dale Cox Architects.

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; About 30 people gathered last week to begin planning phases for the potential construction of a new cultural arts center for downtown Truckee.With the new Community Recreation Center complete, the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District has plans to turn the old Church Street building into a theater, seating as many as 200 to 250 people.andamp;#8220;It was really well-attended, lots of people from the arts community,andamp;#8221; said Rich Valentine, an adviser with the Arts andamp; Culture Council of Truckee Tahoe, a group advocating for the venue andamp;#8212; something it says is lacking in the area. andamp;#8220;It was a lively discussion andamp;#8212; it’s pretty exciting to see it come around to this point.andamp;#8221;District General Manager Steve Randall said the district’s budget is about $4 million, a product of the new center coming in under budget, but some options discussed could take the project up to $7 million.andamp;#8220;It comes down to priorities andamp;#8212; if we want 250 seats, something else has to go,andamp;#8221; Randall said.Valentine said other items of interest include things like a green room, dressing rooms and a set shop, and getting the funding could be a matter of fundraising, or phasing the project.A final design schematic is slated for tentative completion on July 8, with potential fundraising and construction start dates planned for September 2010 and October 2011, respectively. The center could be finished in 2013, according to the presentation from the workshop.Valentine said a point raised in the discussion was the sooner construction could start, the better, as contractor bidding prices are very competitive down in the current economy.

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