Standing Rock Starts Petition to Save Green Space
Arts group continues fight to keep Wells-Sherman House from being relocated to lot by gallery
The artists and supporters of Standing Rock Cultural Arts are not giving up their fight against plans to relocate the historic Kent Wells-Sherman House to green space next to the group's gallery.
The supporters have established an online petition that urges members of Kent City Council to help save the green space targeted for the relocation of the house. Supporters also have set up a Facebook page for the effort called "Save the Standing Rock Garden."
As of Thursday, 29 out of a goal of 300 digital signatures had been collected.
These latest two efforts come about one week after council voted to give a 10-year, $15,000 loan to the non-profit group TransPortage to aid in moving the house to the lot, which is located between the Standing Rock gallery and the Scribbles Coffee building on North Water Street.
There are a few things that must happen before the move can take place.
TransPortage still has to buy the land — a purchase agreement is in place — and get a line of credit to cover the other expenses associated with moving, renovating and bringing the house up to code.
And the Kent Planning Commission and Kent Board of Zoning Appeals have yet to vote on the site plan for the house as it would sit on the lot. They are expected to review the site plans in July, but the planning commission did hear a cursory presentation last month.