Burien Arts Commission Wants Town Square to be ‘Arts & Cultural District’
At Monday night’s meeting (Sept. 17), members of the Burien Arts Commission read from and submitted the following letter to the Burien City Council regarding creating an ‘Arts & Cultural District’ in the Town Square area:
August 28, 2012
City Council of Burien,
The City of Burien is at a crucial point of development. It has been documented that a strong arts and cultural district is one of the most important ingredients in an economically successful city. An arts and cultural district is created when a cluster of arts facilities and amenities are established at a city’s center.
The base for such a district has already been constructed in Town Square. We strongly recommend that Town Square be designated as an Arts and Cultural district and that future development contain venues or establishments commensurate with that designation. In accordance with the 2020 vision of the Comprehensive Plan, this district would contain arts, culture, or heritage venues as well as quality retail and restaurants.
We advise that you contact Harbor Urban as soon as possible and encourage them to incorporate into their design an arts and cultural focus for Town Square.
An Arts and Cultural District would ensure that commerce thrives, and would create conditions that support residents as well as draw people from other areas to experience the vitality of our city.
We support the implementation of Town Square as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan and encourage the City require any future development to contain the elements necessary to create an arts and cultural district.
The Arts and Economic Development Committee of the Burien Arts Commission is eager to assist in any and all capacities with the Council, advisory commissions and city staff to ensure this vision becomes a reality.
Burien Arts Commission Commission Members:
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