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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 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 and the 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 last month.

Roger Thurman July 03, 2012 at 05:38 PM
We are in the process of setting up a meeting with the SRCA board through one of the intermediaries. I have met personally with Jeff last week. Other FSWH members have sent emails requesting a meeting but there has been no response. I bumped into somebody yesterday and McDonald's and he got back to me with the word that it would take a couple of days to set up a meeting. You can ask all your questions and we'll answer as best we can. I have tried to be factual and explain why we want to move this house.
William B Budner ESQ. July 03, 2012 at 06:27 PM
i'm sure you have been factual about why you want to move the house. i also think other people affiliated with SRCA and not affiliated with them have been factual about not wanting to move it and or the costs associated with moving this "piece of history". so now what? both sides are being "factual", who wins?
Tina Puckett July 04, 2012 at 02:49 AM
SRCA will be happy to meet and a response to the emails sent yesterday and today (3 total from the same person I believe) is in process. It might be helpful and taken more seriously as an overture for negotiation if the emails from other FWSH members didn't have a flurry of suggestions for where SRCA should move to in order to vacate and get out of the way of the Wells Sherman project however. Our building is not currently for sale nor closed and we have not advertised that we are seeking a space as of late. If FWSH wants to be good neighbors or considered to be wanting to be good neighbors, it's helpful to not be asking the long-time residents to vacate... Just a friendly little tip.
Tina Puckett July 04, 2012 at 02:51 AM
In fact, it's interesting that so much time is being spent invested in finding new locations for SRCA to vacate to than finding a better location where FWSH might not meet community clamor. Perhaps, energy should be reinvested in FWSH, not SRCA.
Casey Myers July 04, 2012 at 04:11 AM
You're right, but some facts are missing. Again: Since Transportage has backed out, to whom is the city lending $15,000? FWSH is not incorporated as an NPO (according to the state and the IRS), so are we to assume that public funds are helping to finance Mr. Hawksley's private land deal? If so, I think it is also safe to assume that the side that "wins" will be the one with the most money and the most connections to City Hall.

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