Culver Movie Theater Proposals Headed to the CRC

The Culver Town Council discussed the purchase of the Culver Movie Theater and received two proposals that will give the council and the Culver Redevelopment Commission a better idea of what to expect in terms of costs.

Town Manager Jonathan Leist presented proposals from the Troyer Group and SRKM that he said include plans for a public meeting to gather comments on the uses for the theater, a preliminary project budget for outlaying the capital costs for repairs on the building, a structural engineering assessment of the building, and a basic outline for a business plan with annual expenses versus revenue expenses for whatever concept may occupy the building.

The Troyer Group submitted a proposal in the amount of $16,300. They suggested a public meeting in August and a final report would be provided by the end of September. SRKM Architecture, LLC had a proposal in the amount of $8,530. An additional $3,690 was included for schematic design phase for a total cost of $12,220.

The town council and the CRC have had ongoing conversations about whether or not this would be a good investment by the town. The theater is a complementary project in the Stellar plan as there is no definite plan for the building’s use and the town does not own the property. Town Manager Jonathan Leist said it could be viewed as a redevelopment project of a commercial building in a TIF District.

The council unanimously approved a recommendation by Leist to hand over the proposals to the CRC members for their consideration. The CRC will meet on Monday, July 17 at 5 p.m. ET at the Culver Town Hall.