Letter: Use available space for events
I agree that an events center would be a great addition to Basalt and it would help bring much-needed vitality to our downtown core. Building an events center on the Pan and Fork parcel makes no sense, however, unless you want to turn much of that land into a parking lot to service the center. Here’s a better idea: The town of Basalt and the RE-1 School District should work together to build a phenomenal performance space and community events center. The school district has already said it wants to renovate the existing Basalt Middle School auditorium. Aspen has a terrific performing-arts stage at one of its schools — why can’t we do that, too?
This location is so logical — it already has seating for hundreds of people, it is surrounded by close to 200 parking spaces, and it is located downtown. Imagine how magical it would be to dine downtown, walk over the river via the swinging bridge and head into the new Basalt Performing Arts Center to hear a great band, see a movie or watch a terrific theater performance. Once it is renovated, the middle school auditorium would be a huge asset that locals, visitors and schoolchildren alike would benefit from.
There is land behind the auditorium space that could be utilized for an expansion. There is already a circular driveway that could be landscaped to create an inviting entrance into the building. A really vibrant, sustainable community arts and events space is already located downtown — we just need to polish up our diamond in the rough.
If you like this idea, send an email to our town manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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