ARVADA, Colo. –The Arvada Center is pleased to announce the receipt of a $200,000 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) appropriation from the federal government on January 23, 2004 for its expansion project. These funds, in addition to a $90,000 HUD appropriation received in February 2003, and a recent significant donation of $50,000 from local builder, Advocate Homes, will move the Center into the next portion of the Schematic/Pre-Design phase of its expansion.
“The Arvada Center would especially like to thank Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and his staff, who were instrumental in getting dollars on this bill for the Arvada Center,” commented Arvada Center Executive Director Deborah Ellerman.“We are also very appreciative of the support of the entire Colorado delegation.”
Since the Arvada Center opened in 1976, it has blossomed into not only a regional leader of cultural entertainment and education, but also a national model for professional multi-disciplinary arts facilities. An expansion in 1992 almost doubled the size of the original building, but continued growth of programming, events and attendees has put a significant strain on the Center’s infrastructure.
A master plan for the expansion project was established in 2001. Fentress Bradburn Architects Ltd. was named the architectural team for the master-planning process. In December of 2002, they completed a program plan that provided a feasibility study, market assessment of future fund-raising capability, and a proposed funding strategy for the Arvada Center expansion.
The Arvada City Council challenged the Center to raise a portion of the $1 million needed for the Schematic/Pre-Design phase of the project through outside sources before planning could continue. In February 2003, the Center received a $90,000 HUD appropriation that funded one piece of the Schematic/Pre-Design phase, the Pre-Design study, which is currently underway.Findings from this study will be shared for feedback at an upcoming community meeting, on March 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Arvada Center Banquet Hall.The general public is urged to attend this meeting.Fentress Bradburn will then review Pre-Design study findings with the Arvada City Council in a study session on April 12.
With an additional $250,000 of funding now in place, Fentress Bradburn will be able to proceed with additional steps of the Schematic/Pre-Design phase. Completion of the full Schematic/Pre-Design phase is necessary in order to develop the drawings and models needed to generate public interest and to build support for the capital campaign.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s eighth largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts.Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver.For more information call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org
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