The Black Rock Art Center building is still empty and increasingly an eyesore.
And it’s going to stay that way for a while. The Connecticut Post reports today that the city is passing on two mix-used use proposals for the former bank building. The story behind the arts center, which was controversial with or without its leader Joseph Celli, is complicated.
It closed two years ago, leaving the neighborhood’s most prominent building, on its busiest intersection, to rot. It had a good run, bringing in music and art exhibits, but neighbors groused that his activities might compete, not complement, their businesses. (It makes bars crazy when art exhibits give away wine).
Hey, I have a day job, so I can’t even begin to explore all the things then went right and wrong with the art center.