Tyler, Texas (FOX 51) — The City of Tyler's Mayor Barbara Bass has appointed a task force to make recommendations to the city council regarding the potential use of parts or all of the S.A.. Lindsey Building at Elm and Broadway as an art center.
Bass says that she envisions the art center serving the community as well as becoming a tourism destination for the region as an art center.
The S.A.. Lindsey Building was gifted to the City of Tyler in 2010 by the TRW. Fair Foundation and the Fair Estate.
It is located in the 100 block of South Broadway and is currently vacant. The structure has eight floors and more than 50,000 square feet of space.
The Art Center Task Force will be co-chaired by Don Warren and Beth Whitney. Members are still being appointed, current members include Dana Cargile, Tracy Kenner, Mary Kay Lust, John Musselman, Jim Pendleton and Dr. Aubrey Sharpe.
Mike Butler and Jason Jennings from Butler Architectural Group will serve as the consulting architects for the task force.
The task force has held its first meeting to discuss their work and is expected to make recommendations to the Mayor and Council by January 2014.
The primary funding source for the arts center will be private donations. The estimated cost at a little more than $2 million because of renovations of the exterior, first two floors, upgrades, plumbing, and electrical and elevator systems.
The vision for the project is that at least the first two floors would be a public arts space. The task force will make recommendations about what that might encompass as well as possible uses for the upper floors.