Another wrinkle at the Coconut Grove Playhouse
Components of the site include a 300 to 600 seat theater, maybe one of each. GablesStage and FIU will co-produce productions. The big question is whether the building itself will remain or is it too decrepit to stay as-is with improvements. The solution seems to be creating a quality architectural design integrating historic preservation requirements with theater, having enough backstage room to operate and shoring up the structure.
But last week county police issued a levy on the property, which can lead to a sale on the courthouse steps. It's been discovered that a company called Strategic Properties Group is owned almost $550,000. The company is known for building mixed-use projects.
Most of the other creditors resolved their claims with the state. At present, no one knows why this was not resolved and it's scary to think a company that does mixed-use development is involved as this is the worst fear of many people; another outdoor mall or condo is not a pleasant thought for that property.
The "Save the Coconut Grove Playhouse" Facebook group is selling t-shirts and hats in order to raise money to support its cause. You can visit them here for more info.
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