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Scottsdale Starts Search for New Cultural Venues

Sat September 18, 2004 - West Edition
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (AP) Scottsdale officials are reconsidering options for new arts venues after neighboring cities have started building facilities.

The City Council on Sept. 18 will discuss priorities for fiscal 2004-05 and one likely debate will center on the future of the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.

The sense of urgency in Scottsdale has been spurred by the $94 million Mesa Arts Center and the $60 million Tempe Center for the Arts, both under construction.

Scottsdale has considered several options for arts venues in recent years, including renovation of the current center for the arts, creating a downtown theater district and construction of a new facility.

The Scottsdale Cultural Council is asking the city to continue to focus on creating the downtown theater district and build an 1,800 seat open-air theater.