Burnsville to sell naming rights to arts center to Ames

  • Updated: December 14, 2013 - 5:01 PM
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The Burnsville Performing Arts Center in 2010.

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The Burnsville City Council is scheduled to approve the sale of naming rights to the Burnsville Performing Arts Center on Tuesday.

In exchange for $100,000 a year for 10 years from Ames Construction Inc. of Burnsville, the city will rename the building the Ames Center.

Ames is a contractor known for work on major road and industrial projects. The company was founded in Burnsville in 1963.

Under the agreement between Ames and the city, the Ames name would remain on the building after the 10-year payments have ended.

City staff members are working with Ames on a new logo and sign, which will be revealed in January. A reception to celebrate the new partnership and unveil the sign is being planned for the first quarter of 2014.

The $20 million city-owned arts center, which has a 1,000-seat main theater, a 150-seat black-box theater and an art gallery, opened in 2009 in the Heart of the City redevelopment area. It had an operating deficit of $253,466 in 2012.

 

LAURIE BLAKE

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