Council Discusses Plastics Ban and Theater

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The need for a municipal theater space and the possibility of a ban on plastic bags were both topics of discussion at the May 22 Township Council conference meeting.

Hugh Mahon, who taught art in the Livingston schools for many years before retiring, asked the Council to help find theater space for the community's theater, symphony and art groups. Mahon is active in many of the organizations, including the Livingston Arts Association and the Livingston Community Players (LCP). He said that the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, Camera Club, Children's Theater, and other groups have indicated a need for space.

He presented a history of the theater proposal, noting that a need has been identified since 1995. The former Recreation Department building across from the high school had once been considered as a site. Plans have been drawn to bring the building up to current code and create a 90 to 350 seat theater with rehearsal space in the basement. Some proponents wanted to retain the existing Works Progress Administration (WPA) fieldstone building while others supported a plan to level the edifice. Either way, the plans would have cost between $6 and $8 million.



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