Building a Bridge to Somewhere
Rialto project would blend a multipurpose building with Loveland’s historic theater
By Tom Hacker
Public, private and nonprofit partners have aligned to give Loveland the arts-and-culture launch project that backers of downtown redevelopment have sought for many years.
Rialto Bridge, as the project is called, would replace two single-story retail spaces on the south side of Fourth Street, just west of the Rialto Theater, with a three-story building that would feature ground-floor restaurant space, a second floor devoted to meetings, events and art displays, and third-story office space.
Also included in the plan are features that meet the Rialto’s needs for “green room” space for performers, storage for sets and rehearsal space.
If approved and built, the $4 million project would give Fourth Street a flavor much like that found at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, where historic architecture and ultramodern new buildings coexist in harmony.