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Miami-Dade gets control of Grove playhouse

@AndresViglucci

After years in limbo, the Coconut Grove Playhouse cleared a giant hurdle on the road to revival Wednesday when state officials gave the final go-ahead for Miami-Dade County to take control of the historic theater.

With just hours to spare to meet an unmovable state deadline, county officials delivered a package of legal documents to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection demonstrating that they had managed to clean up the theater’s long-clouded property title by satisfying a list of creditors, ranging from the city of Miami to an office-supply company.

Had the county not met the Wednesday deadline, the state was required by ironclad rules to put the property up for sale to the highest bidder, a prospect no one in Miami or Tallahassee relished.

Though the documents were decidedly non-sexy, the bottom line is “thrilling,’’ said Miami-Dade cultural affairs director Michael Spring: It means the county can move on an ambitious plan to rebuild the deteriorated 1926 playhouse building, which is considered an architectural and cultural landmark as well as a critical economic driver for Coconut Grove’s village center. The county long ago earmarked $20 million in bond proceeds for the project.

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Seth Sklarey

While I suppport the reactivation of the Coconut Grove Playhouse, bear in mind this is a wood frame building dubious structural integrity. The site is tremendously underused and it probably would make more economic sense to rebuild, keeping the facade. They should also revisit the proposal by Jack Arias to add a Raffles type Hotel to the site which would be architecturally compatable and would fit in well with the Grove.
Look forward to Joe Adler productions at the Playhouse but at his advanced age hope he is able to function given that it will take a few years to get the Playhose into production.

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