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Ballot boosts culture centre in Bern

Voters have decided to hand over a cultural centre in the heart of the capital, Bern, to resident artists.

This content was published on May 17, 2009 - 20:48

Two out of three voters came out in favour of the project on Sunday, while a minority favoured a plan by a corporate developer to turn an old school into a health centre, including offices and a concert venue.

Emotions were running high in the run up because the city parliament included the artist project in the local ballot although the corporate developer had won a competition by the local authorities.

The building has been housing a variety of artist studios over the past few years.

The complex will be on lease to a foundation for SFr2.4 million ($2.1 million) over the next 30 years.

However, there are concerns that the financial resources might be too limited to tackle necessary renovations and pay an agreed annual rent to the city.

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