Stanley Executive Director tells common council they are opposed to proposed Artspace apartment complex

Lisa Wilsey says the Artspace complex would have a huge impact on the behind-the-scenes part of shows at the Stanley that people don’t often witness. Large trucks use the lot to unload things like sets, props, and lighting equipment for performances there.

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 10:11 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2021 11:50 PM

UTICA, NY – A four-story apartment complex called “Artspace” was recently proposed for downtown Utica. The apartments would be used by working artists and be located next to the Stanley Theatre in a spot that is now occupied by a parking lot.

At Wednesday’s Utica Common Council meeting, Lisa Wilsey, the Executive Director of the Stanley, told council members why the theater is opposed to the project.

She said the Artspace complex would have a huge impact on the behind-the-scenes part of shows at the Stanley that people don’t often witness. Large trucks use the lot to unload things like sets, props, and lighting equipment for performances there.

Not have the convenience of being able to do so, so close to the theater says Wilsey, would mean the Stanley would probably have to pay more to bring these shows to the community.

"If those trucks and those productions cannot access that lot and have the availability of their cases and inventory readily available, and we add drive time to those budgets, we'll lose out on that business."

Not only could that mean fewer performances at the Stanley, but it could also have an effect on the local jobs that are created when those shows come to Utica.

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