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Rialto Square Theatre may hire a building manager

The Rialto Square Theatre on Monday Nov. 24, 2014, in Joliet Ill.
The Rialto Square Theatre on Monday Nov. 24, 2014, in Joliet Ill.

JOLIET – The Rialto Square Theatre board has called a special meeting for Wednesday to discuss a property management proposal for its office space.

The board is considering an arrangement with Olivieri Brothers, a Mokena firm that provides property management and architectural services.

John Olivieri came to a board meeting last week when the item was on the agenda. But the board decided to hold a special meeting on the matter instead.

The management agreement would be for the 2 Rialto Square building, which is adjacent to the theater, according to the agenda for the meeting.

The meeting is at 4 p.m.

Olivieri said he already has been in the building and submitted a proposal to manage it.

“We gave them a real nice proposal,” he said after the meeting. “We gave them an analysis of the whole building.”

Olivieri said the building maintenance staff already at the Rialto would continue to maintain the office space.

“They have a pretty good staff,” he said. “We manage about 35 buildings already. I can tell you, they have a good staff.”

The Will County Metropolitan Exposition Auditorium Authority, the official name of the governing body that is commonly called the Rialto board, oversees the Rialto theater and adjacent office space.

In the past, office management and tenant issues have been handled by the Rialto’s executive director and staff building manager.

“We hope to move forward and take a lot that responsibility off of Val [Devine],” board Chairman Robert Filotto said at last week’s meeting.

Devine is the new executive director at the Rialto, having been hired in April.

The previous building manager, Mike Biedron, resigned in December and has not been replaced.

Filotto also said at the meeting that the past two weeks “have been filled with a lot of issues” raised by tenants.

After the meeting, he said most of those issues had to do with tenants with month-to-month leases who have become frustrated because they have not been able to negotiate new leases.

Olivieri would become the second outside firm brought in to manage operations for the Will County Metropolitan Exposition Authority.

The authority last year hired VenuWorks, a theater management company, to take over theater operations.

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