Architect hired for amphitheater, Bell Building

City Council approved two contracts last week for an architectural firm to prepare a conceptual design and cost estimate for the Hamilton Street amphitheater and black box theater and dance studio planned at the Bell Building.

Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects of Princeton received both contracts, $65,000 for the amphitheater and $49,000 for the Bell Building. City Administrator and Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier said at last week’s council meeting that cost estimates would be necessary before moving forward with construction. The project is scheduled to break ground, and be completed, during 2010.

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Thanks to everyone who came out to The Waiting Room on Friday night for our first official, informal happy hour. I wasn’t sure what kind of turnout to expect but we had upward of 20 people at one time and commandeered a couple tables. It was a nice mix of old and new faces and I had a great time. Next time we’ll plan a little better, but there definitely will be a next time, perhaps some time after the holidays. And I’m always up for suggestions on where and when to have it.

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