|One of the plans for the "new" playhouse proposed by Architect Richard Heisenbottle|
This Press Release just in from the County:
County and Florida International University (FIU) are pleased to announce
that their lease with the State of
Florida for the Coconut Grove Playhouse is now in effect. The County and FIU
met the State's January 15, 2014 deadline to demonstrate that encumbrances
affecting the property's title have been addressed satisfactorily, which was a
prerequisite to the commencement of the lease.
lease agreement allows the County and FIU to move ahead with plans to return
great theater to Coconut Grove. This was made possible through the hard work of
many in the County, FIU and the City of Miami, who together were able to reduce
encumbrances on the property from
approximately $3.5 million to less than $120,000, which will be paid for
by revenue from the site's parking
real progress in advancing Miami-Dade County as a global center for culture and
commerce. Now we can get started on the work to ensure that this important site is reactivated in order
to present great theater experiences for families and children throughout South
Florida," said Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor of
Miami-Dade County. "I want to thank the State of Florida, acknowledge the
leadership of the Board of County Commissioners and its Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa,
and express my appreciation for the support of County Commissioner Xavier
Suarez and City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff," he added.
an exciting development for our students and faculty," said Brian Schriner, Dean of the FIU College of
Architecture + The Arts. "We look forward to collaborating with
GableStage, a world-class regional theater company, to develop programs that
provide superb educational experiences, ranging from student internships to
university-sponsored performances andcommunity activities."
Cabinet approved the County-FIU business plan for the Playhouse in August of
2013. "With the support of Governor Scott and members of the Florida
Cabinet, this project has been able to move forward, which will provide
opportunities for this community. We also appreciate the personal involvement
of Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera (now Lieutenant Governor of Florida), whose passion for
the arts community played a vital role in bringing this project to a successful
conclusion for this area," said Secretary Herschel T.Vinyard Jr., Florida
Department of Environmental Protection.
City of Miami
Commissioner Marc Sarnoff stated, "We are delighted that this great
theater can begin its next era of serving Coconut Grove and our entire city.
The Coconut Grove Playhouse is a lynchpin for the economic,educational and
cultural vitality of Miami. We are looking forward to continuing to collaborate
with the County and FIU on the exciting work
of bringing this important part of Coconut Grove back to life."
steps in the development of this important theater include initiating the
County process to competitively select an architectural and engineering team
and finalizing an operating and management agreement with GableStage to manage
and program the theater, once completed. In addition, the County
and FIU will work closely with the City of Miami and the Miami Parking Authority on the evolution of
this vital cultural and community project.
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