I would like add these few ideas to the blog:
There is a great building at 645 Meeting Street know as The Car House or Trolley Barn. I believe the city owns it and is considering it's options for the property right now. It would be wise to investigate this as soon as possible. Perhaps a petition with many names would guarantee a response from the mayor and council.
There are other buildings of scale that might work, but they would be costly to purchase. They are the Uniroyal building at 311 Huger St ( near the tracks and over pass) and the Church at 554 Rutledge Ave.
We like the idea of a large cultural center, but the need for smaller spaces should not be overlooked. Studio space for individuals is tough because the property values are extravagant. I wonder if there some way the city or the state can offer tax break incentives to landlords in order to make downtown space available to artists of all disciplines?