By Dennis Spellman – Covering Katy
KATY (Covering Katy) – The future of the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum is in jeopardy because its building is up for sale. A for sale sign recently went up in front of the building, and a large banner advertising the sale was also placed on the side of the building located at 805 Avenue B in Historic Katy.
KCAM opened on Sept. 8, 2013, as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Since the opening, museum director Ana Villaronga-Roman says she’s invested $352,000 of her own funds into building renovations. She believes the $1.8 million price tag is too high.
An appraiser hired by KCAM puts the value at $780,000. Villaronga-Roman also says much more work will be needed to fully utilize the building should it be purchased by KCAM.
“My architect, who is very experienced in museums, has estimated that the current building will require another $225,000 be spent on the front part of the building, where KCAM is currently located, and $1 million will be needed to complete renovations to the rear of the property.” Villaronga-Roman said.
Covering Katy’s call to the Realtor handling the sale of the building has gone unanswered. The property is owned by Gus Mendiola.
On Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, Villaronga-Roman said KCAM made an offer to buy the building for $900,000. It was KCAM’s second offer. Late Monday night the seller responded that the offer is being considered, but as of late Tuesday afternoon there had been no additional contact from the seller.
KCAM is beginning the process of looking for a new location and talking with city leaders about any options they may have for keeping the museum in Historic Katy.