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[Response from Rep. Harry Osterman, the new 48th Ward Alderman. He was elected Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.]
Thank you for your inquiry regarding my position on the Uptown Theatre.
As a lifelong resident of this community, I fondly remember when the Uptown was open, and I understand, as you and others do, that a renovated, revitalized Uptown Theatre can be the catalyst for economic development in the Lawrence/Broadway area and throughout Uptown. Unfortunately, this gem has been closed for too long and is in serious disrepair.
It is my goal to work closely with the new alderman of the 46th ward whoever that may be - and the owners of the Uptown Theatre, as well as with the neighborhood residents, to renovate this historic venue and once again bring music and theatre back to this building and our community.
One critical issue will be funding for this project. I am committed to helping secure city, state and federal resources as well as looking for private funding for this needed renovation, and I would welcome input from you and other community stakeholders on ideas of what can be done to resurrect this landmark.
I look forward to continuing this dialogue, and please feel free to reach out to me anytime at: email@example.com.
Friends of the Uptown, which has represented longtime volunteers since 1998, is a volunteer advocacy organization dedicated to the renovation and reuse of the theatre. www.uptowntheatre.com
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