CITY HALL — Larger developments will soon have to meet expanded requirements for public art, part of the City Council's efforts to create a citywide arts fund.
Currently, new projects in the downtown area valued at more than $500,000 must either incorporate an on-site public art installation equal to 1% of the project's total cost, or pay a 1% in-lieu fee to an urban art fund.
A proposal, endorsed by the City Council Tuesday, will require new developments, renovations or additions valued above $500,000 in mixed-use and commercial zones citywide to include a public art installation equal to 2% of the project's cost, or pay a 1% in-lieu fee to support art installations and civic arts programming.
The concept — which the City Council is expected to finalize at next week's Redevelopment Agency meeting — grew from a pitch by Councilman John Drayman to scrap the on-site option entirely and instead require the fee. City attorneys, however, determined such a plan could be legally challenged.