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Four groups bid on IFCC

Four suitors, including Stumptown Stages, have proposed to take over management of the city-owned Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed that IFCC stays within the community,” says Kirk Mouser, Stumptown executive director. The other groups pursuing the center are Ethos Music Center, Northwest Documentary and Community Music Center, Inc. A Portland Parks and Recreation Department committee will meet and review each of the group’s proposals, and a recommendation will go before City Commissioner Nick Fish and Parks Director Zari Santner by May 21. City officials hope that, following negotiations, a new management team would take over by June 30. For financial reasons, the nonprofit Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Inc. has ceased operations at 5340 N. Interstate Ave. The center opened in 1982. The city has subsidized operations and provided maintenance at IFCC. Stumptown has mostly been putting on plays in North/Northeast Portland since 2005, recently at Jefferson High School, and it works with dance and musical groups. Mouser says Stumptown would use IFCC for cooperative offices, workshops, educational opportunities and small shows, while including other arts organizations. “We’d like to see IFCC as a true anchor, multi-use, cultural center for the arts,” Mouser says. — Jason Vondersmith