On the Planning Board Agenda for October 21st @ 7pm.
I hope you will support the opportunity to return this old gem back into a space where community gathers & creativity grows by ‘zooming’ into the meeting and sharing your thoughts.
The Concept Proposed
I am proposing a space that will bring the power of art and inspiration back to the Strand. As proposed this type of space will provide a mid-week economic boost to the city of Lambertville throughout the year by bringing high-level executives and professional to the city for destination meetings and workshops. It will also provide a flexible space that could be available for community-oriented recreational activities (art classes, lectures, dancing etc..) during evenings and weekends. This type of gallery/studio space might also host a few annual events such as a Lambertville paint-out, workshops with nationally renowned painters, and National Art Exhibitions. All of these events will drive an influx of media, marketing, and money to our little city.
Special reasons to support the granting of the variance:
The only variance being sought is a parking variance. The corporate meetings proposed for the space are highly organized, with great attention to details and logistics. Attendees are generally in town for 2-3 day meetings mid-week, staying in local hotels, eating and shopping in town. Transportation is arranged from start to finish. If attendees travel here on their own, parking revenue will be generated mid-week. If an event occurs on evenings or weekends, we have the option of renting parking from Finkle’s at the steel yard, less than 200 feet from the Strand building.
**It’s also worth mentioning that this proposal does not include a kitchen or bar of any kind, and therefor would not be desirable for events such as weddings, etc.
If you would like a bit more information on how the arts benefit us as individuals and communities, please click her to check out this list of 10 great reasons to support the arts by Americans for the Arts.
Description of approval being requested:
Bulk variance for 4 parking spaces. Conditional Use Permit for a conforming apartment in the rear of the building. Assembly use, and gallery/studio use for the front of the building.
Click here to see the entire package required by the city to put this proposal in front of the planning board. It includes reviews by the D&R Canal commission, copies of deeds and long standing easements associated with the property, utility Will Serve letters, site plans…. The compilation of this package required over $20,000 in fees for professionals, permits, applications… and over a year of effort. I believe that if this proposal is approved, it will be a beautiful asset to this community, enriching all of our lives with a more vibrant artistic community by creating a small space where creativity and community connect. I hope you will support this effort by calling or zooming into the planning board meeting and sharing your support for this type of creative space in our community. Dial in and log in information should be available on the city web site the day of the meeting.