Friends of The Senator
Friends of The
Senator will be using this site to inform the public about
the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) plan for the future
of The Senator - "The People's Theatre" - now owned by the citizens
of Baltimore. The Timeline, Documents,
and Video pages currently contain the
majority of the information.
We also plan to add information about The Senator's rich history,
as our research process continues. The site is currently under
Please visit our blog at www.friendsofthesenator.org and
join us on Facebook at www.friendsofthesenator.com.
Cusack RFP Plan Revealed
For the first time, Friends of The Senator has made the actual
contents of the BDC's recommended RFP plan for the future of The
Senator available to the public. The BDC says these are "confidential"
documents, but they involve major investment of taxpayer funds.
Any legitimately proprietary financial information has been redacted.
RFP Proposal from
Charles Theater operator James "Buzz" Cusack
Here it is. Charles Theater operator Buzz Cusack's proposal to
lease The Senator from Baltimore City for $1 a year, which BDC
doesn't want you to see.
Advisory Panel Q&A
with Cusack RFP team
There were two sets of questions and answers given to the advisory
panel. These are the non-financial ones. The questions were submitted
by advisory panel members and answered by Buzz Cusack and his
daughter, Kathleen Cusack. The BDC did not want these released
to the public. Please note that there are many factual errors
in the responses given, and a critique of these answers is on
our to do list.
Plan for The Senator
We have added more accurate labels to these architectural drawings,
which Cusack presented to the public in the January 5, 2010 RFP
proposal meeting. The drawings show the original portions of The
Senator's interior that Cusack plans to demolish.
from John Bell, Executive Director of Tampa Theatre
At the end of January 2010, the BDC solicited this set of responses
to questions posed by the citizen advisory panel from League of
Historic American Theatre (LHAT) board member and Tampa Theatre
Executive Director John Bell, a film exhibition expert. Mr. Bell
was not allowed to see the RFP proposals he was asked to evaluate,
but had to rely on the set of questions posed.
This was one of only two expert opinions the BDC received from
film exhibition experts or historic theatre experts. The BDC suppressed
the second expert opinion they received from another LHAT board
member, reportedly even more critical than this one of the Cusack
RFP plan. They emailed this expert opinion to most of the advisory
panel members (except the FOTS representative), but did not want
it made public.