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City of Stockbridge close to deciding purpose of multiplex
by Mary Cosgrove
February 19, 2013 04:10 PM | 1683 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Stockbridge is sitting on a jewel; it’s just a matter of figuring out how to utilize it.

For $630,000, the city was able to purchase a building valued at $1.2 million, according to Mayor Mark Alarcon.

The former First State Bank Operations Center is a 200,000-square-foot facility, which is currently being called the Stockbridge Multiplex, is nearby city hall, City Administrator David Milliron said.

“It’s going to be the core activity center for the city,” he said.

But what exactly the building will be used for is still unknown.

Right now, the city is gathering input on how to best use the building to meet the needs of residents, from youth to senior citizens, Alarcon said.

“That’s an acquisition, that no matter what we do with it, it’s going to be a tremendous asset to citizens and the city as a whole,” he said.

Alarcon said the city has been approached by numerous individuals and nonprofit organizations hoping to utilize the facility.

“They have a passion in their heart to do what I think are very valuable things to enhance the lives of the community,” he said.

Whether it’s senior services, the Boys and Girls Club of America or individuals wanting to teach the arts, Alarcon feels the building has true potential.

He said the spacious layout with subdivided areas lends itself to hosting several organizations or entities in the facility.

“You’ve got so many things you can do with little cost to divide that building up where you can have as many as six to eight events at a time,” Alarcon said.

The council has earmarked $350,000 in the city’s 2013 budget for renovations.

Alarcon said the building is in “great shape,” which is why a large amount of money isn’t needed for renovations.

Milliron said it’s going to need some new paint, carpeting and equipment, but it won’t need much to be operational.

Alarcon said the final decision on what the facility will house will be decided come spring.

“By the end of April or mid-April, we should have a good depth gauge on what services are best needed in our community,” he said.

After which, requests for proposals will be sent out and renovations should be complete by July.

The city will act as a landlord to the organizations that will rent out space in the facility.

Alarcon said he knows the city doesn’t need to take on the financial responsibility of maintaining and staffing a city facility all on its own.
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