At a meeting of the Performing Arts Coalition in the Art Barn this past week, Louis Fleming of Theatre Projects Consultants presented the findings of a survey his firm conducted in Salt Lake City aimed at identifying a possible existing site for a medium-size theater facility in town or suggesting possible new sites.
Though a number of people from the Sugar House area actively promoted the Irving Commons for an arts facility, Fleming did not see it as a good alternative and suggested it might better be angled toward community-oriented uses.The consultants found no existing building in the downtown Salt Lake area they felt could feasibly be converted to a multiarts use, at less cost than building a new facility.
Fleming suggested three possible sites for such a facility: the southeast corner of Block 57, whose master plan contains suggestions for a performing arts complex; the corner of 200 West and 300 South; and the Restaurant Equipment Supply site, on the same block as the Perry Hotel.
According to coalition president Alice Steiner, the next step will be for the consultants to prepare a sketch of everything they think the building should contain. "The arts coalition will then go over their projections with a fine-toothed comb and make any suggestions for change. And finally, the consultants will send us a working hypothesis of what is needed, how much it would cost to build and how much to operate."