Scottsdale Starts Search for New Cultural Venues

Sat September 18, 2004 - West Edition

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.