Trustees of the Scottsdale Cultural Council last week heard plans for a $10.5 million bond proposal that the art group plans to take to the Scottsdale City Council in March 2012.

The group hopes the City Council will set an election in fall 2012 on the bond plan.

The Cultural Council has hired an architect to develop the proposed redesign of the buildings that house the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts. The plan also includes diverting an undetermined percentage of Scottsdale’s hotel occupancy tax in an effort to transform a mall into an event venue.

The outdoor entertainment center would include a stage, storage, and permanent seating.

Architect Will Bruder said the council’s proposed projects would unify the arts center and nearby museums, and provide office space for the council.

The private, nonprofit Cultural Council operates Scottsdale’s museums and performing arts center under an agreement with the city.

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