The Fullerton Metropolis Council unanimously authorized the applicant advisable by a evaluation panel to start engagement with town about offering programming and renovations to the Hunt Department Library campus. A joint proposal by Heritage Future and ArtsOC acquired the help of all 5 members of the council, however not earlier than not less than two different candidates complained about what they perceived as an opaque choice course of by the committee who reviewed the responses to town’s Request for Proposals (RFP).
A number of audio system representing Entry California, who scored third of the eight candidates, requested the council to proceed the choice to a future assembly. Council member Jesus Silva countered with a priority that the $2.5 million state grant secured by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (his spouse) for restoration and upgrades to the power won’t be accessible for an indefinite interval, and as a substitute urged a well timed resolution by the council that night time.
Council member Ahmad Zahra instructed that the movement to approve Heritage Future/ArtsOC ought to embrace a backup inclusion of the second highest scoring applicant, however that effort was sidelined. Zahra finally joined the opposite 4 members in voting in favor of the profitable utility with out the runner up a provision.
Eight completely different organizations responded to the RFP issued final November by town to solicit programming proposals for the location. A 5 member panel that included members of the Library Advert Hoc Committee reviewed the proposals following course by the council in March. The proposals weren’t accessible to the general public. The Heritage Future/Arts Orange County proposal solely grew to become accessible when it was included on the council’s June 2 agenda.
Arts OC is a non-profit arts advocacy group based twenty years in the past at a time when such a company was missing within the county. Practically each main, and most minor, arts group in OC is a member of the group, which advocates for arts funding and help and offers organizational and different providers to each native governments and constituent members. For a few years they’ve managed the Creativeness Celebration in Orange County.
Heritage Future was based by Kevin Staniec, a author, writer, and humanities impresario who based and directs the 1888 literary area in Orange and has organized exhibitions for the Metropolis of Irvine’s Nice Park gallery for a few years, and earlier than that, labored for the Muckenthaler Cultural Heart in Fullerton.
The joint proposal envisions using the historic Hunt Department Library as an arts and literacy presentation and academic area. Staniec would function this system crew chief, whereas Arts OC would assist to conceive, plan, and implement applications for the area and grounds. The proposal additionally consists of architect Robert Younger, who would direct use of $2.5 million in state funding for renovations and restoration of the constructing.
ArtsOC/Heritage Future launched the next assertion about their plans for the Hunt:
“The Hunt Library is one in every of Orange County’s most essential historic buildings, a masterpiece of Mid-Century Trendy design by one of many foremost architects of that period and of our area, William L. Pereira. It must be lovingly preserved—but it surely additionally must turn out to be a welcoming place by which everybody in the neighborhood takes satisfaction of possession and the place its use celebrates not solely the constructing’s legacy, but in addition the heritage and cultures of all of Fullerton’s residents. Arts Orange County, which performs a significant position in aiding native cities with their strategic arts and tradition planning, and Heritage Future, an innovator in artistic placemaking and programming, are impressed by the limitless prospects offered by the Hunt Library Literacy and Cultural Innovation Programmatic Partnership, and look ahead to working with the Metropolis of Fullerton and the neighborhood.”
Town will now, in keeping with the agenda report, “start work with the chosen supplier to finalize each bodily enhancements wanted on the web site with a view to make the most of a $2.5 million State appropriation secured by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and create a partnership settlement outlining the phrases of operations and providers for the way forward for offering the priorities as outlined by the Hunt Department Library Advert Hoc Committee. The settlement shall be introduced again to the Metropolis Council for approval.”
What oversight the Library Board of Trustees may have of the venture is unclear, however the state grant requires that the location retain some facet of library use. The Board was not consulted in regards to the alternative of respondents to town’s RFP.
The council’s approval of a associate to current new programming the power marks a milestone within the efforts to avoid wasting the Hunt kind being offered as surplus property. As soon as a second department of the Fullerton Public Library, the Hunt has been closed since 2013 as a result of town council has repeatedly declined to fund its operation as a library. The ability is at the moment leased to Grace Mission College, a division of Grace Ministries Worldwide, who bought the adjoining Hunt enterprise property for his or her church and added extra buildings to their property.
Grace Mission College, additionally submitted a proposal to make the most of the location, scoring at quantity 5 of the eight submitted proposals. The following to highest rating was acquired for a proposal referred to as Hunt Library Gardens, which reportedly included a plan to construct senior housing on the location close to the library. Different proposals had been submitted by Arborland (who function a non-public college in Amerige Heights), Farook Zia & Associates, The Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Bonnie Corridor, an arts administer and advisor.
For extra details about efforts to revive and defend the Hunt Department Library, please go to SaveTheHunt.com.