SANTA CRUZ >> Abbott Square is almost complete and the staff at the Museum of Art & History can’t wait to show it off.
No one is more eager than Nina Simon, the museum’s executive director and one of the biggest proponents of the square. Since arriving at the museum in 2011, one of her main missions has been bringing the project to fruition.
“I feel like the stamina has not been about getting the project on people’s radar or getting people to care about it,” she said. “It’s been about how do we take all this vision, dream and hope and channel them to success.”
The public will see the square during a Friday preview event that coincides with a First Friday celebration that will close off Cooper Street. The event will feature performances in the open space, a yoga class and will end with a light up tour of the river, which is a part of the Ebb and Flow River Arts Celebration.
Originally planned as the first of an eight-night extravaganza, leaders are pushing the events back to a future date because of delays in the interior construction of Abbott Square Market. The market — where the six restaurants and two bars are housed — won’t be ready. Simon said there was no single construction item that delayed it but the sense that market vendors did not have enough time to train staff and be comfortable in the space.
The market falls under the purview of John McEnery of Pedro Square Properties, the developer for the project. While much of the…
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