Aldermen to hear performing arts presenation

NASHUA — The results of a study into creating performing arts venues in Nashua’s downtown are going to be presented Tuesday night during a special Board of Aldermen meeting.

“It’s a great opportunity to enhance the city, and attract more people downtown,” said Alderman Brian McCarthy.

McCarthy, one of the volunteers who worked on the Phase II study for the Nashua Performing Arts Center, said the presentation Tuesday night from the consulting firm Webb Management, will get into locations and spaces that can be used for a performing arts center.

“There will be some recommendation, I don;t know it it rises to the level of a proposal,” he said.

The cit has been studying adding performance arts space for more than a year. McCarthy said the initial Phase I study indicated that Nashu should have multiple performing arts venues, a 600 seat venue, a 300 seat venue, and a 100 or so seat venue. The Phase I study also indicates that Nashua should create an arts district downtown as well as the performance venues, building up the arts as a key component of the downtown economy.

Mayor Jim Donchess said in hi state of the city that there is already work underway between Nashua, the Great American Downtown, and the Riverwalk Cafe to turn the Central Fire Station on Court Street into a 300 seat performance venue.

McCarthy said that depending on the presentation, funding a performing arts center is something that should largely be done with private financing. He would like to see fundraising efforts to pay for most of it, but it may be an important enough development for the city to invest a portion as well, he said.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. in City Hall.