Wednesday, February 27, 2013
O'Reilly said during State of City address that both sides agreed to honor appraiser's price; sale to be finalized in coming months.
Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly made a surprising announcement during his State of the City address Wednesday night: the proposed sale price of the current Dearborn City Hall. It's expected that arts development nonprofit Artspace—which has committed to turning the city hall building at 13615 Michigan Ave. into live-work space for artists—will pay $1.65 million for the facility. "That's the price established by an independent appraiser," O'Reilly said in prepared remarks before local officials and community members Wednesday. Though the sale of the building to Artspace has been discussed for nearly a year, the city had not previously released an estimated sale price. "We both agreed on the appraiser and what the appraiser said is what the …
Friday, October 26, 2012
The organization is hoping to secure the grant from Ovation TV and Americans for the Arts.
Supporters of the proposal to create a live, work and exhibit space for artists in Dearborn can vote via Facebook to help Artspace win a grant to bring the project closer to reality, and also help to secure a historical designation for Dearborn City Hall. Leadership in the city involved with the Dearborn Artspace project are hoping to win a $15,000 "innovation" grant from Ovation TV and Americans for the Arts. The grant would be applied to architectural design work that would preserve the historical nature of the City Hall building as it is converted to lofts and exhibit space for artists. There are 63 other projects in the running, so online voting is important if Artspace is to win. The deadline to vote is Dec. 31, and people are allowed…
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Dearborn's City Council President has been vocal about his opposition to pending sale of City Hall to Artspace.
Whenever an issue concerning the sale of Dearborn City Hall or development of Artspace comes before Dearborn City Council—as it did during their Sept. 11 meeting—President Tom Tafelski’s vote resounds as the sole “no” in the lineup of city officials. An outspoken opponent of the sale of City Hall to the Artspace group—which plans to develop the building into live-work space for local artists—Tafelski said this week that he'll stand his ground on the issue even as the sale moves forward. “We have plenty of other vacant buildings that we should have swayed or strongly suggested to Artspace,” he said. “I don’t care about getting voted into office … when it’s something I feel strongly about, I will not sit on my hand.” He asked the same of …
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Dearborn Patch readers have weighed in on the impending sale of City Hall–have you joined the conversation?