SPRINGVILLE—The public is welcome to attend a community information session on the status of the Art’s Cafe, on April 21 at 10 a.m. The Cafe has undergone behind-the-scenes work in the last month and is hoping to share that with residents.
Envisioned as an art-focussed multi-use redevelopment, the project includes two second-floor residences for visiting artists, a basement level workshop with pottery capacity, a publicly accessible green roof and Art’s Cafe on the first floor. The cafe will have an in-house bakery and will serve coffee and tea drinks, soups and sandwiches. A small performance space will expand the Center’s concert and theater programs. Through public investment, the Center was able to save and restore the existing facade, secure the neighboring buildings and rebuild the structure.
A program was set up to involve smaller, local investors, inspired by the crowdfunding movement and alternative business structures such as co-ops that return money to the community. Historic Tax Credits are also being used.
“This project has always had community ownership. It gets called social entrepreneurship, or mission-based investing, where someone is more focussed on a large community benefit but there is the potential for a small financial return. This is for people who care about Main Street more than Wall Street,” said Seth Wochensky, Arts Center director project manager. “We'll present information about the financing, plans for accessing historic tax credits and membership in the project but it’s also an entertaining presentation for anyone who cares about Main Street or is just curious about the project."
Those interested in attending must RSVP at info.artscafespringville.com or by calling 592-9038. Coffee and sample baked goods will be served. Springville Center for the Arts is located at 37 N. Buffalo St. in Springville.