The Real Deal Miami

Broward Center for the Performing Arts plans $43M upgrade

May 23, 2011 01:36PM

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is planning a $43 million renovation project — its first since it opened two decades ago — in order to upgrade its theaters and create a new arts education center, two-story pavilion along the New River and a lounge with landscaped terraces. Officials from the center expect about half of the funds to come from private donations ($16 million has already been pledged), and are hoping to pull in additional dollars from property tax and tourism revenues from local governments. The Downtown Development Authority and Fort Lauderdale’s City Commission have already committed $1 million and $3.8 million, respectively. A vote on the project by the center’s board is slated for next month. If approved, construction would start in the spring of 2012 and take roughly 18 months to complete, which would mean the theater would be closed most of next summer. [Sun Sentinel]