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Letter: Turn Kroger building into entertainment venue

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From: Rovene Quigley


To the editor:

When I saw The Republic article on May 7, I immediately thought of what a great place the current Kroger building would be for an arts and entertainment venue. Its location would be perfect for the majority of Columbus residents, with adequate parking available for events.

There could be a large theater there, as well as the storage space Columbus Indiana Philharmonic is wanting. Also, the location would be very convenient with adequate space for art classes, which could easily include Columbus North High School students, a dinner theater, an art gallery and other events.

If it could be available in a couple of years, there would be lots of planning time toward making it very inclusive of arts needs and time for fundraising efforts.

Art lovers are not all downtown. It is time for the planners to realize that Columbus is a whole city, not just a funnel that drops everyone downtown for all events. They have come to realize that ignoring East Columbus for as long as they have has caused drastic decay in that area. I hope that they will also realize that ignoring the north and east parts of Columbus can do much decay and damage to those areas as well. How about it?

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