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The full restoration, including state of art stage updates, of the landmarked Coconut Grove Playhouse. The large theater will seat 700. The black box theater will seat 200. Making it a 100% performing arts space.
Financing using federal, state, county, city, corporate, foundation and private Funds.
The creation of a comprehensive, Multi‐Cultural and Multidisciplinary Arts & Education Center which will be housed in the original building and the adjacent state of the art convertible community rehearsal studios.
Comprehensive cross cultural programming through technology and innovation for all aspects of our diverse community.
A commitment to all of the Historic Preservation guidelines, particularly those of inclusion and economic development.
Improving the Arts, Cultural, Entertainment, Creative and Tourism industries in South Florida Through training, education, small business development and job creation.
A new Cultural and Education Campus that is the gateway to an authentic historically designated Bahamian village.
Uniting the entire community together through Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation.
Substantial economic impact and sustainability for Coconut Grove, South Florida and International communities.
Creating a new regional theatre and company management.
Revitalization of a major Cultural Heritage Tourist Attraction.
A parking garage
*Leaves 26 million restoration dollars on the table*
$20M of Tax Payers money to demolish 83% of the existing building will force the Playhouse off the national, state and local landmark registries.
The reduction of the MainStage of the Playhouse from 1,100 Seat Theater and the second 200 seat BlackBox theater to ONE 300 Seat theater. Making it a 33% art space/67% retail space
A refusal to work with private entities meaning taxpayers will bear the brunt of all the costs. No substantiated financial plan. 1.5 mIllion already spent on the Playhouse and the building isn't up to code and there is no public record of where the money was spent.
'Pop-up' Retail space, office and parking garage Development turning the 100% arts space into a 30% arts space 70% retail space.
No community or the Historic Preservation office input with a complete disregard for Historic Preservation guidelines.
Little to no impact on the Cultural, Arts and Creative Industries in South Florida considering that the small theater will only produce for a few months out of the year.
Little economic impact on the Coconut Grove business community.
No significant job creation or economic development component.
The loss of what was once a historic architectural and cultural Icon.
The removal of historical architectural elements to display in a permanent 'exhibit'.
No plans on serving the diverse multi‐cultural South Florida Community.
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