Space to display public art may soon be created in Monmouth with a zoning decision pending by the Monmouth City Council.
Buildings in a current state of disrepair will soon be gifted to the Buchanan Center for the Arts which they hope to demolish and add green space.
The Monmouth Planning and Zoning Commission recommended to change the building’s current zoning from “business” to “public” at their meeting this week.
Should a green space move forward, plants and art would be added to enhance the city’s downtown.
Buchanan Center Executive Director Susan Twomey tells WGIL that because of the building’s disrepair, they’re look at this as a way to “make lemonade.”
“If we can utilize the space to make a nice plaza that will enhance the look of our downtown and give people a place to stroll, because we’re hoping, you know, that old saying ‘feet on the street’ sort of thing, as we continue to try to encourage people to come downtown, that will give them a nice place to go,” says Twomey.
Ownership of the buildings would be transferred after zoning approval is given by the City Council according to Twomey. While the gifted buildings would be demolished, the Buchanan Center does not anticipate ill-effects to the neighboring businesses.
Upkeep for the new site will be handled through the foundation assisting with the gift.