by Joni Astrup
The Elk River Area Arts Alliance has moved out of a downtown building that’s on the fast track to being demolished.
The Arts Alliance has a new home at 312 and 314 Jackson Ave., in the Jackson Place building at the corner of Main and Jackson in downtown Elk River.
The new space is still being organized, but will house a number of Arts Alliance functions including a gallery and a gift shop.
The Arts Alliance was previously located at 716 Main St. The city intends to demolish that building and the one next door at 720 Main St. after an inspection found a broken roof truss in the 720 Main building (click here to read related story). The engineer who inspected it said snow has the potential to collapse the roof at 720 Main. There was also concern a roof collapse could damage the adjacent buildings.
City officials acted quickly and gave the Arts Alliance until Nov. 6 to vacate the 716 Main building. Both 716 and 720 Main are owned by the Elk River Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA).
At the HRA’s meeting on Monday, Nov. 7, Arts Alliance Chairman Dave Raymond thanked the HRA for the opportunity to use the building.
“It was a short notice (to vacate),” he said. “It was a difficult situation for us to locate a space.” But Raymond said they have a lease at Jackson Place and were able to complete the move on Saturday, Nov. 5.
“It is a temporary location. We will be looking for permanent lodgings,” he said. The vacant First National Bank building in downtown Elk River is still an option the Arts Alliance is considering, he said. The bank building is still for sale, however, so if another offer comes in it could be sold to another party.
HRA Chairman Stewart Wilson thanked the Arts Alliance for being a tenant at the 716 Main building and said it was a good partnership.