The Arts Council of Brazos Valley has located a new home on Texas 6 South in College Station and has kicked off the public portion of a $2.5 million capital campaign. The announcement was made Tuesday evening after the Arts Council Board of Directors approved the purchase.

Located at 4180 Texas 6 South, the two-story building originally was a College Station fire station and, most recently, served as the Texas State 4-H headquarters. A news release from the Arts Council said the site was chosen in part for its visibility to more than 80,000 vehicles each day, with 39,000 households with 100,000 people within a five-mile radius.

College Station Mayor Karl Mooney said, "The Arts Council and our local arts scene have a profound impact on our community by improving our residents' quality of life, strengthening our economy, and attracting visitors.

"The City Council enthusiastically supports the Arts Council's move to this new location. Its visibility and flexibility will surely result in reaffirming the presence and impact of the arts in our community."

The Arts Council already has received commitments for more than $1.9 million toward its capital campaign. Leadership gifts have come from Coleen and Jay Bradfield, Sue Lee, Ann and Barry Satterwhite, Pam and Bob Smits, Denise Bermudez, Becky and B. Don Russell and Dr. Arthur Wolfe and the Wolfe family.

Designs for the remodeling of the building are by SZH Architecture, with renovations to be made by JaCody Construction. The project is expected to be complete by this summer.

The new building will replace the current Arts Center at 2275 Dartmouth St. in College Station, That building will be renovated into a community center with an emphasis on senior programs.

To donate to the Arts Council capital campaign, go to ACBV.org or call 979-696-2787.

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