Rosewood Arts Centre Facility Condition Assessment
In 2016 a facilities condition assessment was completed of the existing Rosewood Arts Centre Facility. The purpose of this assessment was to evaluate the existing conditions of the space and determine what infrastructure improvements and costs would be necessary to retain the buildings use as an arts centre into the future. This allowed the department to evaluate the costs generated through the Library Arts Centre Project (described below) and compare these two potential options.
Library/Arts Centre Feasibility Study
The Dayton Metro Library and the City of Kettering studied the feasibility of a cooperative agreement to build, share and manage a new Library / Cultural Arts Centre, located at the corner of Wilmington Pike and Stroop Road in Kettering, Ohio. Currently, both organizations maintain facilities in the City of Kettering and recent GIS maps show that both organizations serve similar user groups. By developing a shared facility for the Wilmington-Stroop branch location and the Rosewood Arts Centre both organizations anticipate a significant potential savings to taxpayers.
Both organizations have similar missions, customer bases as well as programs allowing for the opportunity to share services as well as creating a regional destination. The facility could be purpose built to house both organizations while maximizing shared services opportunities. The building could serve the entire Kettering Community and provide Library services and well as cultural arts programming through the Rosewood Arts Centre. Both organizations could share the management responsibilities with all direct costs evenly divided between both organizations.
The City of Kettering and the Dayton Metro Library received a $100,000 for a Local Government Innovation Fund grant from the State of Ohio to conduct a feasibility study.
A concept plan has been created and is below.