A couple of months later, in January 2013, Sarah Dibben made a terrific suggestion at a Common Council Economic Development Committee meeting: turn the old Dunn building into an aquarium--there wasn't another aquarium within 200 miles.
Last night, Dibben and Damara Stolfo, along with architect Stephen Shuryn, were at the informal Common Council meeting to present their concept for turning the old Dunn warehouse into an aquarium and maritime museum. The proposal was the product of monthly meetings that went on for almost a year, at which a group of volunteers, headed up by Dibben and Stolfo, conceptualized the project and discussed potential programming. The proposal was presented to the Common Council, along with these conceptual drawings.
|Lower Level Plan|
|Upper Level and Roof Plan|
Stolfo called the plan "a micro-version of a science center and a maritime museum . . . with sustainability and education at the core." Council president Don Moore expressed the opinion that what was proposed would be "a public anchor that reflects our community and the county."
Stolfo told the Council that the next step, after the research that has already been done, is to do a feasibility study. An Indiegogo campaign has been set up to fund that study. She also indicated that they are entering a period when they will be listening to people's ideas. If you care to share your ideas in comments here on Gossips, you can rest assured they will find their way to Stolfo and Gibben.
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