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. and agencies

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