Downtown Powerhouse science center

Published on December 20th, 2015 | by The Sacramento Bee

Ryan Lillis: Next up, a science museum. Maybe

Buck Busfield, co-founder of B Street Theatre, remembers the moment the idea first popped into his mind. He was eating breakfast at Café Bernardo at 28th and Capitol in midtown when he noticed a plot of land next door.

“What a perfect place for B Street Theatre to realize its long-held dream of bringing a state-of-the-art, gorgeous facility for kids to see theater,” he recalls thinking.

It was 1998. The youngest kids watching plays at B Street that year are probably out of college.

All these years later, B Street finally has the money it needs to start building the theater Busfield envisioned. The city’s most beloved performing-arts group went hat in hand to the City Council last week and, after a somewhat tense hearing, walked away with $3 million that gets them to their construction budget.


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