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Dreams of a new space for the arts bring a smile | Letter to the Editor

As I sip my coffee at the Roasterie at Center, I contemplate the recent developments in this historic intersection.

As described in a news story a few months ago, Loren Sinner’s new lumber storage space took a lot of work to get the necessary permits. What he’s building there represents his determination and courage in an uncertain economy. Looking south from LS Cedar, across the road, stands what I consider an eyesore. Unused and unmaintained and, frankly, never handsome, the old McFeed’s building will, hopefully, give way for a magnificent new center for the performing arts.

I smile over my coffee as I as daydream of the joy for all the performers and audiences who will reap the benefits of this well-thought-out structure for decades to come.

My wife Mary, an Island artist, and I wholeheartedly support the new center for the arts. For all the “space wars,” the cramped stages, the sub-standard floors our young dancers have had to endure, the lack of storage and facilities, etc., etc., this new allied arts center will be a brilliant solution.

Looking back and preserving our heritage is important. But looking ahead and building for the future is important, too.

This project looks good to me, and I hope it gets built.


— Art Hodgins


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