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Warren to find new Packard Music Hall management

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With a unanimous vote, Warren City Council members give city administrators their permission to find new management for the Packard Music Hall Wednesday evening.

Under the arrangement, the city would still own the hall, but day-to-day operations would be handled by an outside company. By making the change, the city hopes to see two outcomes: Eventually eliminate the subsidy the city provides to the hall and attract bigger acts.

As it is now, the city pays roughly $320,000 per year to the hall. But if they find new management, that cost would become smaller each year.

"We will be losing money but we have been losing money. We will be losing less money with the prospect of it becoming profitable three years down the road," said Warren City Councilman John Brown Jr.

They say it would be more profitable because city officials say a private manager can book more entertainment. The city can't take the risk of booking shows that might lose money, as it's taxpayers money and not their own.

"It creates a greater level of flexibility to go out and seek out these acts that might want to come to Warren and play and thereby feed the economy," said Warren Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa. 

They say the outlying goal is to spark the local economy.

"In the long run if we can sell more sandwiches, more meals, motel rooms whatever we can get taxes from those so we might be further ahead in the long run," said Warren City Councilman Larry Larson.

While nothing is official, the city has had conversations with the same managing company that handles the Covelli Centre.
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