So we'll start the new year right with a Dialogues event on Rochester's new Heritage Preservation Commission -- what it is, how it's working and where it's headed. There are a lot of people with strong opinions on Rochester's commitment to historic preservation, and the HPC was intended to be an effective step forward. Has it been? We'll chat that up.
(Pictured above: The historic Chateau Theatre building, which has been home to a Barnes & Noble bookstore for a few decades. The downtown landmark's future is a concern for a lot of people, as B&N's lease is just about up and most people assume the building won't be a bookstore much longer.)
We'll meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in the Rochester Public LIbrary auditorium. (Note this is a change from the usual 6:30 start...we'll still wrap up at 8 p.m.)
On the panel so far:
Rochester City Council President Randy Staver
HPC Chairman and Rochester developer Jeff Allman
Olmsted County District Judge Kevin Lund, a longtime leader in the local preservation community
...and a few players to be named yet this week.
Plan to join us for coffee, edibles and good conversation.