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Peterborough

Meeting to discuss arts recommendations

PETERBOROUGH — Consultant Duncan Webb will return to town on Monday for a public meeting to discuss the recommendations he made in a report in late May to the town on the feasibility of a community arts center building.

Webb’s company, Webb Management Services Inc. of New York City, was hired to do the study last fall, using $37,500 in grants that the town received from various sources.

In a report to the town in late May, Webb concluded that a new art center was not practical.

Instead he urged the town to improve existing facilities, especially the upper floor of the Town House. He also recommended that the town could partner with the ConVal School District to develop a new auditorium for both town and school use and suggested that the town could work with the Sharon Arts Center to develop a new center focused on emerging media technologies that could bring jobs to the region.

According to Peterborough Public Works Director Rodney Bartlett, who moderated an earlier public meeting where Webb got input from residents, the meeting will focus on addressing the recommendations from the needs assessment that Webb completed.

“We are looking to get those stakeholders involved that need ‘space,’ be it performance, art gallery or rehearsal space, and rental space,” Bartlett wrote in an email to the Ledger-Transcript. “We need to understand demand for both the cost of space and the potential revenues it might generate.”

The public meeting will be held on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Town House.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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