From: Josh Maschino
I am writing in response to the front page article on the Crump staying closed because I have a solution I would like to extend to the public. The Crump is in great need of repair, and there is plenty of community support to save it. Because of its historic value, there can be plenty of support from around the world.
If there is so much love for this building, then why not just be proactive about it and get the job done? There is plenty of money in this community to have the community come together and fix it up together as a community center. You could use the Crump as a theater with less seating to make room for booths/tables and dance space, and the primary use would be an event house or even a place to welcome people to the community for another event you have going on.
Why hire one or two companies to fix it up when the community can just work together to do it? You also call downtown the arts district and claim to love art, so why not pay artists to paint the side of the Crump? This can pay for a lot of renovation. One side of the building has plenty of traffic as people are leaving town or going downtown.