Lebowsky Center owner in talks with architectural firms

posted by steelbeard1 on March 20, 2007 at 6:45 am

OWOSSO, MI— The Owosso Community Players, owners of the fire-damaged Lebowsky Center are in talks with architectural firms about how the theater can be rebuilt. The architects being consulted are touring the burned out theater and will consult with engineers about which parts of the building can be saved. When the OCP receive the reports listing what parts of the theater can be saved, they can then solicit bids to rebuild the theater.

Meanwhile, an Owosso building inspector has indicated that the Lebowsky Center is in no danger of collapsing so the OCP is no longer under pressure to do something about the building quickly and is giving the OCP time to determine what can be rebuilt. Park Street alongside the Lebowsky Center is now partially open with one northbound lane.

For more, read the full story from The Argus-Press and if you want to tour the fire damaged Lebowsky Center yourself, there is a YouTube video.

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steelbeard1 on March 20, 2007 at 4:49 pm

This postscript is to note that the article about the Lebowsky Center I was talking about in an earlier report is now on line at http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/flinn.asp

MiltonSmith on March 24, 2007 at 4:04 pm

How tragic, not only was there a fire but its believed that someone intentionally set it. Who in the world would do such a thing? That saddens me greatly to think someone would want to destroy something like as there are so few of the big movie palaces left in this country. most of them fade into memory by neglect, renovations, accidents. They sure don’t need any help.

The odd thing I notice is all the damage seems to be centered around the stage area and the auditorium closest the stage. The front of the building seems very much intact and undamaged. I hope it can be saved, it makes it doubly tragic that all this time, energy and money had just been spent to renovate the theatre and then this happens.

Good luck to Owosso Community Players and hope they can rebuild and would love to follow this story. See where it goes.

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