Artists in the South Bay are facing extinction. Schools have eliminated art classes. There are no galleries or art events taking place. Yet, there is a thriving community of artists that call the South Bay home. They are young and old and produce art that is full of life — but have nowhere to show it!

Recently, an organization named Trinidy Incorporated offered to clean up the building at 3525 Main Street — which has been vacant for over eight years — in exchange for two years' use of the property. Trinidy would like to house a multi-service community center at the location. Services offered would include a community arts center, a teen-fathers program, and headquarters for a mobile health clinics network.

Voit Real Estate Services holds the rights to the building. When told of the offer to clean up the building and the City of Chula Vista's willingness to give up to $200,000 toward the cause (part of an EPA grant), Voit declined.

It has been proven by urban developers that community art centers increase a city's economic progress and reduce crime. The building at 3525 Main Street has only served to lower property values in the area.

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Ernest M Saenz Feb. 4, 2010 @ 10:21 p.m.

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