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Arts Center Expected to Open Fall 2013

The city’s Arts and Education Center is about 18 months from reality, according to the interior architect.

Temple Terrace arts enthusiasts will soon have a place of their own. 

The city’s estimated $4 million Arts and Education Center is about 18 months away from completion, officials say. Once open, the facility in the downtown redevelopment area will serve as a home base for various arts performances and classes within the city.

“I would think last quarter of 2013 we should be ready to open,” said John Toppe, president of , the city’s representative and planning consultant for the design coordination and interior planning of the arts center.

Toppe said his firm has been working with Lyman Davidson Dooley, the architecture firm that is designing the downtown redevelopment area with the , the developer of the project who is building the arts center.

Toppe said the architects have agreed on the floor plan, and Lyman Davidson Dooley is now working on the exterior design. Toppe has also been coordinating with theater consultants it hired to collaborate on details of the seating layouts and theater equipment.

He said the firm is working with the community to create staffing models for a nonprofit foundation that would support the arts center, including job descriptions for volunteer foundation board members and a draft of by-laws for them to use. It’s also working with the city to create job descriptions for full- and part-time arts center employees.

The city is paying Toppe $75,075 for its services.

“We intend it to be a very active and lively space for community use, for arts education and everything possible to serve your adults, children and seniors,” Toppe said.

Jamie Robe April 13, 2012 at 01:07 PM
This is great news! This is why TT is such a great place to live. We value the arts. Does anyone know the position of this center relative to the little park in the downtown? I just can't place it.... It might be helpful to have a simple map of what is actually there now and going in phases. The little park is really nice.
Ashley Reams April 13, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Jamie, If you're on 56th Street looking at the redevelopment site, the Arts and Education Center will go in front of the gazebo and a bit to the right. Click on the second PDF above, and choose to view the full-screen version. The arts center is behind building J on the map.
Grant Rimbey April 13, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Or, if you're in the new park looking towards 56th Street, Arts Center will be on the left across the street. This is why we need ground floor retail and restaurants in this area, to energize the Center, park and surrounds. Great article Ashley, thanks for keeping us up to date.
Masque Theatre April 13, 2012 at 02:33 PM
We can't wait!!! :)
Carol Dell April 13, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Grant, you are really correct on this....ground floor retail and restaurants!!! Carol Dell

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