Creative Movement

Historic preservation effort displaces charter arts school

The school has been paying about $15,000 a month to Kaufman in rent, according to Wojtan.

The utilities likely will average between $5,000 and $10,000 a month.

The difference — at least $35,000 — will be used to renovate Metro Arts' new building to accommodate 150 students, 22 faculty and classrooms for its arts programs, according to Baker.

The new building needs everything from equipment, such as photography and darkroom supplies, to new wiring for computer and Internet use.

Baker says the cooperation between the city, Kaufman and the school is an indication of how much people want to create a vibrant downtown epicenter.

"Everybody is on the same page for finding the best possible use for this site," he says.<P

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