From a local paper,

The nationally recognized Piven Theatre Workshop would play a leading role in the revitalization of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, occupying renovated space and a state-of-the-art theater in the building under a plan that received backing Monday from a city committee…

With past efforts to change things at the city owned building “not going as smoothly, as easily as we wanted,” the new plan seems to heading the city in the right direction, said Alderman Judy Fiske, in whose 1st Ward the building is located….

Piven Theatre officials are proposing to occupy the southern one-third of the building and would extensively renovate the area with new classrooms, rehearsal space, offices and a new theater, he said……

The building, which leases space at below-market rates to artists, faces substantial repairs, including a new roof and heating and air conditioning system.

City officials have looked at a new model for operating the center, a former school building, including asking tenants to take a greater role in the building’s upkeep.

Because of the ambiguity, Piven officials told [officials] last fall they were likely moving out of the building, and possibly out of Evanston…

Clear property rights are necessary to resolve the hold up problem.

But a battle to establish property rights can generate a war of attrition and hence the hold up problem. For the Church of thew Holy Sepulchre inthe Old City in Jerusalem:

The primary custodians are the Eastern OrthodoxArmenian Apostolic, and Roman Catholic Churches, with the Greek Orthodox Church having the lion’s share. In the 19th century, the Coptic Orthodox, the Ethiopian Orthodox and the Syriac Orthodox acquired lesser responsibilities…

Under the status quo, no part of what is designated as common territory may be so much as rearranged without consent from all communities. This often leads to the neglect of badly needed repairs when the communities cannot come to an agreement among themselves about the final shape of a project….A less grave sign of this state of affairs is located on a window ledge over the church’s entrance. Someone placed a wooden ladder there sometime before 1852, when the status quo defined both the doors and the window ledges as common ground. The ladder remains there to this day, in almost exactly the same position it can be seen to occupy in century-old photographs and engravings.

If one church fixes something, they then claim property rights over the thing they fix. Hence, all repair is vetoed

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