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Mike Haeg Proposes Arts/Community Center for Shakopee Fire Station

Mike Haeg: The station is the perfect location for an arts-centered multi-purpose community center that could bring some life, culture and commerce to the failing western downtown train area.

Shakopee artist and arts activist Mike Haeg has the ear of Mayor Brad Tabke in arguing that a part of downtown Shakopee that looks shabby to the average passerby represents an opportunity for a town in search of fresh ideas, according to a feature today in the Star Tribune.

The news that the city was considering different uses, including a community center, for the soon-to-be vacant fire station downtown got him thinking.

In Haeg's proposal he said the station is the perfect location for an arts-centered multi-purpose community center that could bring some life, culture and commerce to what he called "the failing western downtown train area."

Among his reasons why include filling the void of a downtown gathering point such as a coffee shop, that as the county seat, Shakopee should be a showcase for Scott County arts and culture, and to add a reason for tourists to visit downtown.

His proposal includes funding options, a plan for the existing space and a map of western downtown Shakopee that shows several art-related businesses, from to the to the . The map also shows vacant real estate areas of opportunity.

Kathy February 02, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I like this idea - it brings people to the west side of downtown, plus we already have a wonderful cultural institution a couple blocks away - the Scott County Historical Society - Stans Museum!
Bill Stallone March 15, 2012 at 05:56 PM
We experienced an enormous tax increase on our commercial building this year. Is now really the time to fund "feel good projects" that will cost the city more money in maintenance staffing etc. Don't get me wrong, I am all for art centers and can see the point of view that it will bring in visitors. Maybe the city should sell the property at a big discount to someone who will promise to develop the site. Doing so will generate cash cash from the sale of the building, create new jobs, increase traffic from those wishing to patron the business , and will continue to generate revenue for the city. Or we could have it be a burden on the city from now to eternity.

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