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October 12, 2017

Bangor Arts Exchange kicks off with full calendar

Jim Neuger
Jim Neuger
Brian Hinrichs, left, executive director of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and his new landlord, Adam Moskovitz of ANM Properties, look onto Exchange Street from the historic building that will house the new Bangor Arts Exchange.

In the historic Nichols Block in downtown Bangor, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Launchpad and Bangor Ballet, together calling themselves the Bangor Arts Exchange, have settled in and have kicked off their new partnership with a schedule full of music and arts.

"It's such a big change for us, and to be coming into this building every day is just still so cool," Brian Hinrichs, executive director of the BSO, told the Bangor Daily News.

Launchpad managing director Joshua Gass said he has received numerous inquiries from local groups that want to use the ballroom for events.

"Nearly every arts group in the area has reached out about doing some sort of event in the near future," Gass said.

The building, which includes a 185-capacity ballroom, is one of six in the historic Nichols Block being revamped by Adam Moskovitz of ANM Properties. Moskovitz, a Florida native, purchased the Nichols Block in 2016.

Although terms of the sale were not disclosed, the 52,945-square-foot block of buildings was listed in July at $1.95 million. Earlier this month, City Drawers, a Belfast-based women's wear and lingerie shop, also signed a long-term lease to set up shop in the Exchange Street block.

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