Wednesday , March 3 2021

“The Cheech” moves closer to reality

The Riverside City Council has reached two agreements regarding The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture, both of which bring the long-planned project closer to happening.

First, council members have approved a 25-year management agreement with the Riverside Art Museum, according to a statement on the city’s website.

Also, the council has awarded a $10.7 million contract to renovate the former Main Library, future home of “The Cheech.”

“Riverside is the City of Arts and Innovation, and the opening of The Cheech later this year will be another reason for visitors from around the world to visit our historic downtown,” Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson said in the statement. “I look forward to seeing our local business community and our convention center benefit from this exciting development in a post-COVID-19 world.”

The Main Library building is expected to be available soon, after the library is moved to its new facility, at which point renovation can begin, according to the statement.


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