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Carbondale Rocks Revival

Split Lip Rayfield plays on the Washington Street stage during the sixth annual Carbondale Rocks Revival in 2016. 

CARBONDALE — The city of Carbondale is interested in ideas that residents have to offer about the future of a permanent stage venue on Washington Street.

The city, Carbondale Main Street and Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Architecture will host a design charrette from 2 to 6 p.m., on Tuesday at the Downtown Design Center, 121 S. Illinois Ave.

Topics for discussion include uses for the space, designs for a permanent stage and what benefits it might bring to the community. Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox said there have been discussions between Carbondale Main Street and the city about what to do with the space, including the idea of a permanent stage.

“It is a nice piece of open space,” Fox said. “We have done some improvements to make it more user-friendly.”

Any changes made to the space would most likely be a collaboration between the city, Main Street and possibly SIU, Fox said, but it is too early in the discussion to determine who would take the lead.

Carbondale Main Street Executive Director Meghan Cole said her organization is excited to be involved in the process to find a use for the space.

“The city of Carbondale has demonstrated a readiness to invest in this downtown event venue, and we are happy to help get community support and impact the development of this venue,” Cole said in a news release.

As part of the event, representatives from SIU Carbondale School of Architecture will be on hand Tuesday to provide insight about what could functionally work in the space. Craig Anz, associate professor of Architectural Studies at SIU Carbondale, said the department is more than happy to lend a helping hand.

“The School of Architecture, its faculty and students look forward to engaging community members in this participatory community event for the betterment of our city,” he said in a news release. “This is a great opportunity to embrace what our creative design community can accomplish together.”

Tuesday’s charrette will be a wide-open format with several people whom residents may ask questions or share their ideas about the space. Fox said there will be city staff around taking notes based on residents' feedback.

“It will be causal and pretty informal,” she said.

The space at Washington Street has been used several times for entertainment, including during the total eclipse in August for Shadow Fest and for the Carbondale Music Coalition’s Carbondale Rocks Revival. Fox said the city is working to bring more events to the space, with one possibility being the CarbondALE Brew Fest.

For more information, contact Carbondale Main Street at 618-529-8040.


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Dustin Duncan is a reporter for The Southern Illinoisan covering Carbondale.

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