Lee’s Summit’s new downtown performance space is officially on Third Street, south of City Hall, but the future is still uncertain for the vacant Arnold Hall which is on the property.
By RUSS PULLEY
Special to The Star
The City Council made the switch after it couldn’t agree on the price for its first choice on Market Street.
Architects Hollis+Miller gave the council a brief report last month confirming the site would work for the performance space, which will be financed by a portion of a $2.8 million bond issue for cultural arts that voters approved in April.
They said the site had plenty of room to accommodate a crowd of 450 people for an outdoor concert, while keeping Arnold Hall intact. They showed several different drawings of how the stage could be oriented on that spot.
The first proposed site on Market Street was about 32,000 to 33,000 square feet, while the 123 S.W. Third St. site is 34,000 square feet, with Arnold Hall taking up about 6,000 square feet.
The Lee’s Summit Arts Council wants the city to renovate Arnold Hall, and Arts Council Chair Syrtiller Kabat said she was pleased with the city’s action.
“Now we can begin work on a plan for performance space and Arnold Hall, " she said.
She said although the building has been gutted, that actually works in its favor because there is opportunity to install movable walls that would make it a versatile space.