In quest of the final piece of property to build a new Newhall library, the Santa Clarita City Council will take up the possibility of eminent domain at Tuesday’s meeting.
Just Passing Thru, a piercing studio open since 1994, sits on the final parcel the city must obtain to build the much-demanded library.
Newhall’s currently library is woefully out of date. A new public library, expected to be 25,000 to 30,000 square feet, is a key part of the city’s plan to revitalize downtown Newhall.
The city plans to hold a public hearing and may request a resolution of necessity during Tuesday’s meeting.
“It sets the legal framework for initiating eminent domain,” said Paul Brotzman, Santa Clarita director of community development.
If eminent domain is approved, it would be the first time the city has used it for the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan, Brotzman said.
The council will also consider a request by city staff for the approval of up to $806,000 for the acquisition and for all related costs to execute the acquisition of 24509 Spruce Street, the site of Just Passing Thru.
Negotiations between the city and the owners of Just Passing Thru began in 2007 and have not been “fruitful,” Brotzman said.
Brotzman said the situation with Just Passing Thru revolves around making an agreement on the value of the property.
“It’s really an issue of the dollars,” he said.
The owner of Just Passing Thru was unavailable for comment on Friday.
The city has purchased all the remaining parcels for the future Newhall library.
Earlier this year, the City Council approved $1.2 million to purchase a 6,200-square-foot property at 24519 Spruce Street. The location is currently occupied by White Light Chiropractic.
The city already owns the parcels occupied by CarQuest Auto Parts and the Paws for Fun dog-grooming business.
During the purchases, the city has made an effort to be “highly flexible” with the property owners who occupy space where the Newhall library is planned, Brotzman said.
“We’ve really reached out to the property owners that have been involved,” he said.
In one situation, the tenant is allowed to stay in the building until the building must be physically removed for construction, he said.
An architecture firm is evaluating the site plans and conducting analyses before beginning any specific detail drawings for the new library, Brotzman said.
City officials believe that once built, the library will provide an anchor for one end of revitalized downtown Newhall.
The library is expected to draw clients from Newhall and surrounding areas, as well as attract a wide range of age groups.
In the fierce battle to host national and regional conventions, Louisville has remained competitive by catering to many niche industries and trade groups.
One such upcoming convention will bring walking works of art to downtown, and perhaps raise a few eyebrows.
The Greater Kentucky Tattoo & Piercing Expo will be held Nov. 21 to 23, at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Cascade Ballroom, 221 S. Fourth St.
The Louisville Marriott Downtown will be the host hotel for the convention.
The fourth-annual expo will feature more than 60 tattoo artists and body piercing specialists from across the United States, the Kentucky State Fair Board, which operates the convention center, said in a news release.
The event will include “sideshows,” clothing, music, jewelry, fine art and parties.
Last year’s expo drew about 3,000 attendees, but more are expected this year, said event organizer Sara Huser, manager of Castle of Color Inc., a Nicholasville, Ky., tattoo and piercing shop.
San Diego has always been known for taking care of its hometown heroes. From Unwritten Law to Slightly Stoopid, this city has a proud tradition of making sure that its native sons and daughters are always well-received when they make it back home. So, naturally, it was only right that Pierce the Veil Saturday night at SOMA be greeted on the last stop of its first headlining tour to a packed house and a line out the door at Soma.
Pierce the Veil represents the end product of a short dynasty of musical endeavors from the Fuentes brothers, Mike and Vic. These two have created an intricate and distinct brand of post-rock that has manifested itself in bands such as Early Times and Before Today. After 10 years of juggling musicians, adjusting their sound, and long sets of break-neck tempos, the Fuentes’ have finally settled on a band that is not as aggressive as earlier projects, but is more so musically and stylistically sound.
Despite the music’s complexity and challenge to play, Pierce the Veil still performs its set with a contagious energy and grace. All four members are fantastic showmen, as they do not neglect a single corner of the stage.
Drummer Mike Fuentes still maintains a presence on stage even though he is confined to his kit for the entirety of the show. Exaggerating myriad accents, embellishing rolls, and quickly moving around his set, Mike looks more like rocking octopus on stage than a human.
The pace of a Pierce the Veil show is interesting as many different styles of music are brought together in the synthesis of its sound. From metal breakdowns, to poppy riffs you can dance to, the show spoke to almost every different person in the audience. Pierce the Veil even goes so far as to include a few short covers in its set, including its own version of Beat It, which can be found on their Myspace.
Frequently changing the pace of the crowd from mosh pits to dance parties is a hard task to accomplish but somehow it worked last night. Pierce the Veil should be careful about varying the sound of their set too much as it allows for certain demographics in the audience to become disinterested. It’s the same problem Thrice is having on its Alchemy Index Tour. In any case, the gamble paid off Saturday night, allowing for this show to turn out as an experience completely different from any of the previous projects that spawned into what the band is now.
Pierce the Veil represents some of San Diego’s hardest-working and most-persistent musicians. The fact that its show was not only moved to SOMA’s main stage last night, but sold-out main stage, is a testament to the fact that after so many years the band’s efforts are finally gaining some well deserved notoriety.
With the amount of musical talent afforded by this band it’s no question it will continue to produce quality music. But whether or not they can keep people coming back to their shows, will be a revealing thread on the success of Pierce the Veil for the next few years.
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