After yesterday’s update on the Lyric Theater, Councilperson Cotto provided me with a draft of the resolution which will be submitted to the City Council today. The language of it is as follows:
WHEREAS, On March 27, 2010, the Broad Street portion of the Lyric Theater was demolished because it was deemed to be an imminent threat to public safety; and
WHEREAS, The Park Street portion of the Theater is in severe need of renovation; and
WHEREAS, The remaining portion on Park is in the heart of the busiest retail center in the City and upkeep of the area’s physical environment must be a priority; and
WHEREAS, The Fiscal Year 2010-2011 budget has allocated eight hundred thousand dollars ($800,000.00) towards the preservation of the remaining portion of the Lyric Theater, though some believe that may not be enough; and
WHEREAS, There has been an outpouring of community support to preserve the Lyric Theater’s remaining portion; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Court of Common Council requests that the Director of Finance establishes a “Lyric Theater Fund” so that individuals and organizations can make contributions towards the Lyric Theater’s preservation.
Reprinted with permission of Kerri Provost, author of the blog RealHartford.
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