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When the new City Hall is built, what should happen to the Municipal Building? It's one of the most important historic buildings in town and is centrally located. How could it become a focus for the community? We need public spaces for events downtown. Some have suggested a "Harrisonburg Museum." A public private partnership? Heritage tourism? How could we create a place that honors our past and helps to shape our future?

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Sherrie Good about 4 years ago

A city subsidized art space would be nice. A few of the larger rooms could be for small concerts, upstairs could be affordable art spaces. The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria is one of the larger tourist attractions there. Places where people see the artists at work, and purchase their art. We could create a smaller version that would draw people downtown, and then on to the shops and restaurants. Oh, and be sure to add solar to the roof of the new facility. PV panels have never been cheaper.

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Zack Germroth, Public Relations consultant about 4 years ago

My suggestion would be twofold: One, a rotating Harrisonburg (possibly regional) exhibition of local talents, crafts, achievements, mini-museums, and at times an extension of what might support the Harrisonburg Chamber of Commerce to attract tourists, residents, businesses. Two, would be a "tier one" meeting place for such venues as weddings, reunions, larger business gatherings and the like. As example, Baltimore has a Fire Museum, and a Museum of Industry that are quite popular with the all of the above groups.

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Sam Nickels, Director, Center for Health and Human Development over 3 years ago

Fairfield Center tried to create a nonprofit center, and got several nonprofits to sign on, but not enough to make the numbers work. Nonprofits could pay a reasonable rent, could share space and interact in a way that creates a greater synergy of quality creative effective programming. This could be a way to help people over the longterm by keeping costs down for participating nonprofits, including shared space for meetings, kitchen, client work spaces, copier phone and internet costs, etc. JMU's nonprofit concentration experts in the School of Strategic Leadership Studies could offer consulting advice on the project.

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Kitra Grimes at June 12, 2018 at 4:47am EDT

Municipal building is becoming old and old and its condition is not good so it require some work on it and also want some attention. I require some bigassignments about the topic and for this purpose I am reading so many essays and articles.

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