Hope board

The Hope City Board may lease part of its City Hall to a museum.

The Hope City Board met Tuesday for their first meeting of August.

Jim Hunter of the Klipsch Museum offered a proposal for the Klipsch Museum to lease and revitalize the Paul Klipsch Auditorium that occupies the second and third floor of City Hall. Hunter proposed that the city allow them to lease the auditorium exclusively.

Their plans would call for using it in part as a demonstration room for Klipsch products, using it for classroom space, use it for events, offer a downtown presence for the Klipsch Museum, and possibly develop the space into a movie theater.

The board asked questions and it was noted the auditorium has only been used twice in the last 12 months. It isn’t used very much since Hempstead Hall was built. It was noted it rented most recently for $100 per day. Hunter asked that the rent be comparable to the rent the museum pays for their building at the airport. The board voted to allow Hunter to meet with City Attorney Joe Short to develop a lease.

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