With your help, the dream of creating the Provincetown Commons as a center for art and design, coworking, and economic development at 46 Bradford Street (formerly the Provincetown Community Center), is becoming a reality! Thank you so much for your ideas, support and resources for our proposal. We write to update you on the project, and to ask for your continued involvement!
We submitted our proposal on January 13, and met with the Town’s review panel on January 17. On January 23, the Board of Selectmen accepted the review panel’s recommendation to transfer use of the property to Provincetown Commons. We’re currently working with the Town to complete a land development agreement and to finalize the details!
Here are some of the other things we are doing:
Provincetown Commons was incorporated as a non-profit organization in January. You may have noticed a shift in our name (previously Creative Commons of Provincetown). We discovered that another organization in the Commonwealth is using ‘creative commons’ in their name. To avoid confusion we shifted to Provincetown Commons, which we think more easily rolls off the tongue!
Provincetown Commons held its first board meeting and working group retreat on February 11. During the meeting we elected officers (Karen Cappotto and Pete Hocking, co-chairs; Mark Hatch, treasurer; and Rik Ahlberg, secretary), established program priorities, and organized working committees (program, building, finance, fund-development).
We are thrilled to have the pro bono support of many talented people in addition to our board members, who are helping us with this project. Kerry Spindler, Nancy Samiljian and Tim Sullivan from Goulston & Storrs in Boston are leading our legal team. Kelly Monnahan and Keith LeBlanc are donating their brilliant architecture and landscape design expertise. Marian Roth and Jay Critchley continue to be integral members of our Working Group on this project.
In preparation for our retreat, our building committee met with architects on February 10. Our program committee will be working to align the building design and plan with our programmatic priorities. These priorities include preserving space in the building for community use, creating coworking and studio spaces, establishing an exhibition space, and, in our second phase, building a digital media facility. Our economic development program will be threaded throughout the building.
On February 15, we presented to the Community Preservation Committee and requested funding for the historic preservation of the Community Center exterior. These Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds are available for any qualifying historic building in town, which includes 46 Bradford St. We plan to restore the building’s exterior in phases, beginning with the roof and windows, and moving toward creating a public greenspace on the grounds. We’re grateful to the Community Preservation Committee for recommending we receive $100,000, and we ask for your support of their recommendation at Town Meeting.
We’ve begun meeting with other Outer Cape organizations to explore opportunities for collaboration. It’s our hope that dynamic collaborations will help advance economic opportunity for individuals and organizations across the region and avoid unnecessary competition.
On March 11, we will have a table at the Year-Rounders Festival at Town Hall, so please stop by and say hello.
We will continue to seek and we welcome your input! To stay in the loop, you can follow our Facebook page.
We know that there is a lot of excitement in the community, especially in relation to using the space. Over the coming months, the board will be working to prepare the building for use. It’s our hope that some parts of it may be open late in 2017. We’ll do our best to keep you informed of our progress and make regular updates about our program plans.
Finally, we’re grateful to The Palette Fund for its support and for hosting our board retreat, and we continue to be indebted to the Provincetown Community Compact, Inc., which continues to serve as our fiscal agent as we complete our filing for tax-exemption.
Working Group Members: