Group Answers What To Do About the Babcock
Among Billing’s FAQ’s– or frequently Asked Questions– is what to do about the Babcock. The city of Billings is scheduled to to take over ownership of the 110-year-old Babcock Theater, a historic downtown landmark.
The Babcock Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee approved a report Monday, drafted by City Administrator Tina Volek, that includes options for the Billings City Council to consider; They can negotiate with Babcock LLC to continue managing the theater, while seeking a nonprofit organization to take over operations; explore other options for the use of the theater; issue a request for proposals for the sale of the theater; or, issue an RFP for an outside organization to manage the facility. Volek said a church group has expressed interest in purchasing the Babcock. But such a purchase, committee members noted, would keep the theater off the tax rolls.