The public has until Nov. 30 to take a survey asking what amenities they’d want to see at the new Paso Robles Performing Arts Center, a project still in the conceptual phase.
The group looking to create the center is forming its board of directors and its status as a nonprofit, organizers say.
As part of that process, they’ve developed an online survey to “gather opinions regarding design, desired programming, and operation” for the 500-seat theatre, according to a news release.
The idea of a performing arts center, which Paso Robles lacks, was announced this summer as part of plans for a hotel development called the Pine Street Promenade.
“There’s also a chance that we might have a different location for the center,” said Paula O’Farrell, one of the group’s organizers.
City leaders approved development of the downtown center in August, and, at the time, construction was slated to start within a year. The group’s website says the performing arts center is scheduled to break ground in 2016.
The promenade, a two-phase development, will be built at Pine and 10th streets at the site of the old Hayward Lumber yard. The approved plan called for a hotel and public market to be built first, followed by the performing arts center and the city's first parking structure.
The group declined to give The Tribune additional details on its plans.
The 25-question survey, accessible at http://pasocenter.org, asked users questions such as the average number of times they attend performing arts and entertainment shows each year, what types of entertainment they seek and how likely would they be to volunteer or donate money to the Paso Robles Performing Arts Center.
Casey Biggs, who stars in the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance's commercials as the "Paso Wine Man,” is serving as executive director of the proposed Paso Robles Center for the Performing Arts. He lives part time in Paso Robles.
For more information on project and survey, email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.