City terminates lease with Love’s Jazz and Art Center

Emilee Geist

The City of Omaha has terminated the lease for the Love’s Jazz and Art Center at 24th and Lake.The center has been a hub for the arts since 2005. It broke its agreement with the city by holding other events there.But the legacy of the space there may not be […]

The City of Omaha has terminated the lease for the Love’s Jazz and Art Center at 24th and Lake.The center has been a hub for the arts since 2005. It broke its agreement with the city by holding other events there.But the legacy of the space there may not be finished just yet. Preston Love Jr. said he hopes to start a new beginning for the iconic spot named after his father.”It represents the legacy of my dad. And my family feels the same,” Love said.Despite his family’s name on the building, Love has never had a hand in operations.He hopes that could change now.”The management and operation were not successful,” Love said. “And having events that were bringing in revenue– not enough– and they lost the confidence of the philanthropic community.”The city said the board of directors for the center rejected a plan to reduce operating costs and share the space with the North 24th Street Business Improvement District.Love said he’s sad it took the city stepping in, to see things change.”We have work to do,” he said. Love said he’s been negotiating with the city to start a new lease. He said hopes to add programs to bring back the vibrancy the center once had: “Not only art and jazz, but to offer youth programs, youth tutoring….”For now, the business improvement district will become the property manager. LaVonya Goodwin said they’re considering what the community wants right now. “They want a space that’s activated, they want a space that’s well-maintained,” Goodwin said.Like Love, Goodwin wants to look forward, and not back.”The goal in the long run is to ensure, that this space continues to elevate the namesake of Preston Love Sr.,” she said. KETV Newswatch 7 contacted the center’s interim director, Doug Washington, about the situation. Washington said he does not want to comment for right now.

The City of Omaha has terminated the lease for the Love’s Jazz and Art Center at 24th and Lake.

The center has been a hub for the arts since 2005. It broke its agreement with the city by holding other events there.

But the legacy of the space there may not be finished just yet. Preston Love Jr. said he hopes to start a new beginning for the iconic spot named after his father.

“It represents the legacy of my dad. And my family feels the same,” Love said.

Despite his family’s name on the building, Love has never had a hand in operations.

He hopes that could change now.

“The management and operation were not successful,” Love said. “And having events that were bringing in revenue– not enough– and they lost the confidence of the philanthropic community.”

The city said the board of directors for the center rejected a plan to reduce operating costs and share the space with the North 24th Street Business Improvement District.

Love said he’s sad it took the city stepping in, to see things change.

“We have work to do,” he said. Love said he’s been negotiating with the city to start a new lease.

He said hopes to add programs to bring back the vibrancy the center once had: “Not only art and jazz, but to offer youth programs, youth tutoring….”

For now, the business improvement district will become the property manager. LaVonya Goodwin said they’re considering what the community wants right now.

“They want a space that’s activated, they want a space that’s well-maintained,” Goodwin said.

Like Love, Goodwin wants to look forward, and not back.

“The goal in the long run is to ensure, that this space continues to elevate the namesake of Preston Love Sr.,” she said.

KETV Newswatch 7 contacted the center’s interim director, Doug Washington, about the situation. Washington said he does not want to comment for right now.

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