Cultural Center Could Become Crucial Part of Downtown Geneva's Future

By Ordower, Garrett | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), November 6, 2003 | Go to article overview

Cultural Center Could Become Crucial Part of Downtown Geneva's Future


Ordower, Garrett, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Garrett Ordower Daily Herald Staff Writer

A recent survey indicates popular support for a cultural arts center in Geneva, which could be one of the centerpieces of the future downtown.

And as plans for the downtown's future continue, Mayor Kevin Burns said, "it's paramount that city hall and the library remain downtown."

Despite the city's limited available space downtown there's an arrangement that Burns said "strikes you in the face."

It would mean the current city hall makes a "return to its original glory" as a cultural arts center, Burns said.

Then the city would move to the space next door occupied by the library, and the library would move to the site of the old Sixth Street School.

But those plans would be a long way off, and require the cooperation of many different governmental bodies.

"Anything and everything is on the table," Burns said. "On the surface (that arrangement) resonates with me."

The first priority, Burns said, is finding space to meet the rapidly growing needs of the library, which serves more people than the city itself.

Kane County is in the process of selling the Old Sixth Street school, and library board President Donald Cummings said last month the library could purchase the Sixth Street site at its current value without a referendum, although it would need one to construct a new building. …

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