The Kimball Art Center wants to expand with a major addition at the high-profile Main Street-Heber Avenue intersection, where the art center’s patio is located. The Kimball Art Center is seeking two approvals from City Hall — one that would allow an exception to height restrictions at the site and one that would find the designs meet the municipal government’s tight Old Town design guidelines. City Hall staffers may grant both of the approvals. Anya Grahn, the historic preservation planner at City Hall, said staffers have requested the Kimball Art Center team incorporate changes to the design to better fit the “pattern and rhythm” of the streetscape along Main Street. Grahn said staffers discussed with the Kimball Art Center breaking up the mass of the expansion, such as by adding windows or putting decorative metal designs on the outside walls.
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