[image-1]In light of tonight’s panel discussion at Redux Contemporary Art Center about the lack of venues in Charleston, here’s a bit of significant news.

The city of North Charleston is about to embark on the first phase of plan to renovate the Power House building.

Located on the Old Navy Yard, the building will be made into a facility that “accomodates cultural and civic functions,” said Marty Besancon, director of the city’s Cultural Arts Department.

In other words, it’s going to be an arts center. Besancon’s office doesn’t want to call it an arts center yet, because plans have not gone through the approval process. But indications are in place for building that will be arts-oriented. Bottom-line: It’s going to be a multi-use facility, likely with a focus on the arts.

That first phase will take about a year. It will involve cleaning and removing old equipment from the interior and exterior.

The next stage involves plans for restoration and remodeling. Besancon did not provide information about the cost of the project or a time table for its completion.

“It’s a remarkable building with a lot of potential,” Besancon said.

That’s all I have right now. More later.