Kirksville Council approves site plan for Sue Ross Arts Center


    On Monday, Kirksville City Council members approved the site plan for the Sue Ross Arts Center set to be located at 215 South Franklin Street, with a recommendation to require zero off-street parking spaces. (KTVO File)<p>{/p}

    Plans are moving forward to construct a new arts center in downtown Kirksville.

    On Monday, Kirksville City Council members approved the site plan for the Sue Ross Arts Center set to be located at 215 South Franklin Street, with a recommendation to require zero off-street parking spaces.

    The center will be located one block from where the former building stood. In August, the City of Kirksville announced the building will not be constructed on the site where the former Kirksville Arts Center was destroyed by a raging fire on December 2, 2016.

    Instead, it will be built on the vacant lot just south of Kirksville City Hall. That location is at the intersection of Jefferson and Franklin streets.

    This summer, the Kirksville Arts Association participated in a land exchange with the city.

    The association was given the land at 215 South Franklin, for an equitable exchange of the organization's land located at 117 South Franklin Street, which was the center's former location.

    Additionally, as part of the land exchange, the city has plans to construct a new public parking lot on a portion of the block behind the arts center.

    According to city documents, the size of that lot has yet to be determined, but it will be able to serve the arts center and have other possible uses in the block.

    The Sue Ross Arts Center has an estimated price-tag of $1.63 million.

    The association hopes to break ground on the center after the beginning of 2019. The new facility is expected to open by the end of 2019, if all goes according to plan.

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