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Art center, museum move ahead
by Jenniffer Wardell | Clipper Staff Writer
Feb 18, 2012 | 588 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
THOUGH THE ART CENTER would retain its current space, the Bountiful museum would move into a planned addition. Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
THOUGH THE ART CENTER would retain its current space, the Bountiful museum would move into a planned addition. Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
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BOUNTIFUL — The Bountiful Museum may soon be getting a new home, thanks to the combined efforts of the city council and Bountiful RDA.

The two groups plan to work together on the remodel of the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, a project that will include an expansion to house the museum and several common areas shared by both. Though state grants and other factors may delay the project, a contractor is already in place and the city hopes to start work by late spring.

“We’re trying to create some synergy,” said Bountiful City Planner Aric Jensen.

The people behind the Bountiful Museum, which is currently located at 845 S. Main St., Suite B5, have spent the last few years trying to raise enough money for a new building for the museum.

Earlier plans featured an independent building located near the art center, with the two buildings connected by a walkway or some other entrance, but over the last few months the city has been to combine the two into the same, much larger building. The working title for the building is the Bountiful Art and History Center.

“The project would be to do both the remodel and addition at the same time,” said Jensen.

The Bountiful/Davis Art Center, which is located in the building that originally housed city hall, has been needing a remodel due to asbestos and other issues.

With the current project, which already has a contractor, the BDAC would retain the same amount of space it currently has. The museum would move into the addition, and the two groups would share common areas such as an elevator and foyer.

The city has worked with the RDA on a number of other projects, with the RDA supplying the funds and the city handling the site plan and other responsibilities.

“Bountiful only has two full-time RDA employees,” said Jensen, naming himself and his assistant. “We couldn’t do it on our own.”

jwardell@davisclipper.com
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