The city has agreed to purchase the The Heart of Anacortes, a performance venue at the corner of Fourth St. and O Ave. in downtown Anacortes.
That City Council approved the purchase at Monday night’s meeting. The price: $320,000. The seller: Mark Edson.
The facility includes a public restroom accessible from O Ave., as well as a performance stage with concession area with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. There is space for about 200 chairs.
City Planning Director Don Measamer said the existence of the public restroom was a major factor in purchasing the property. “It has heavy useage and were the property to be sold (to someone else) we could lose the restroom,” he said.
City Parks Director Gary Robinson said, “We are working on the future use of the property.” He said he expects the city’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Anacortes Arts Commission may end up with some involvement.
The Heart of Anacortes has been managed by Chris Terrell, who has booked musical acts during the warm summer months. In addition, the library’s Sunday Jazz performances have been held there in the summer.
Whether Terrell will continue manage it under city ownership is a matter still under discussion.
The venue is in what was once the yard of the McCracken Family residence. The fenced area still features elements of decades-old residential landscaping, according to the facility’s Web site.
“Bring us your idea and we will do everything we can to partner with you in this special Anacortes venue. We want the Heart of Anacortes to be yet another feature that makes this community special,” the Web site quotes Terrell.