Five proposals have been received by the City of Rochester in response to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the initial operations and management of the historic Chateau Theatre. The submissions included: Entourage Events Group, Exhibits Development Group, Arcades are Awesome!, Threshold Arts LLC, and Arts Trust Minnesota.
“We are pleased with the number of proposals received. It is always encouraging to see a mix of local applicants with those outside of the area,” said Aaron Parrish, Rochester deputy city administrator. “We look forward to moving this process forward in a thoughtful and timely manner.”
Of the five proposals, three are from local entities and two are from Twin Cities organizations. City of Rochester and Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency (DMC EDA) staff are currently reviewing the submissions and will be bringing forward a review process in the coming weeks. Community engagement will be a part of the selection process.
“The interest in the Chateau Theatre has been and continues to be strong. This is reflected in the five proposals received,” noted Patrick Seeb, director of economic development and placemaking with DMC EDA. “All five proposals are diverse in their approach to use and activate the space.”
The Destination Medical Center Corporation Board of Directors and the Rochester City Council approved $1.1 million in DMC funding for the renovation. All initial renovation work to the building is anticipated to be completed by mid-June 2019.