Alternate plan for Playhouse to be discussed
Currently, Miami-Dade County is working on rebuilding the theater. They are choosing the consulting firms and artchitect and everything needed to get the playhouse open again.
The County, along with Florida International University became partners in leasing the property from the state last January, the state still owns the property.
The County Commission has $20.5 million in reserve for the job but this new alternative plan suggests spending $45 million and having it run by the Adrienne Arsht Center, headed by Mike Eidson, chairman of the Arsht's trust.
This new plan suggests razing the current structure and then rebuilding the facade as part of a brand new structure. It would have the outside look of the current historic building, but it would be a new building. Didn't they try this with the 1912 church at St. Stephen's? Look how that turned out.
This new plan calls for two theaters, one will be a smaller 300-seat venue and the larger venue would hold up to 900 people. A multi-story parking garage will be part of the building.
Additional monies would be raised by donations ($25 million in donations). Almost reminds me of the old story of school children in the 1880s collecting pennies to build the base for the Statue of Liberty. One penny at a time did it.
All the details are in Florida Theater on Stage.
City Hall is located at 3500 Pan American Drive, the meeting is open to the public.
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