POEM Group Meeting Notes, September 22, 2010
Marché Museum Café
In Attendance: Miriam Alexis Jordan, Robert Long, Jerry Ross, Dana Magliari, Barbara Perrin. Guests: Douglas Beauchamp.
The August 18 meeting minutes were approved. Strategies were presented for continued discussion.
- Apply and receive a great that would allow this group to conduct a feasibility study. A feasibility study is needed to determine the integrity of the site.
- Research on who else is doing things with older buildings? How does managing a cultural industry help the local economy? Why does art and culture matter?
- Talk to property owners around the perimeter of the Post Office (on 520 Willamette Street). Talk about feasibility study with local businesses.
- Ken Guzowski
- Brian Obie
- Roscoe Devine (Mid Town)
- Tom Bowerman
- Smith Family Bookstore
- Talk to other stakeholders –David Morris (Carl’s son)
- Identify eight to ten capital projects that are in the works:
- 5th Street Market
- Down to Earth center
- Shelton McMurphy House
- Pursue grants from OCF, Meyer Memorial Trust
- Pursue Community sustainability grants. Is POEM eligible? (Mike Sullivan – LCOG). Sustainable Communities, NEA.
- Get signatures of support. Have people agree to have the names listed on a letter of support.
- Expand preservation – expand on the commercial historical district – increase the footprint. Tie in other buildings to be included in the Commercial Historical District.
- Research other renovation programs including Denver, CO and Coos Bay, OR.
- Research on creating a Cultural Heritage Trust.
After some discussion, it was determined that receiving endorsements from neighboring property owners about POEM’s proposed project would add credibility to the concept of expanding a commercial historical district, and the importance of preserving the building and its art as a public/community space. The POEM group was asked to read, edit and update the Letter of Interest that was updated by Miriam Jordan.