After Hurricane Andrew devastated South Miami-Dade in 1992, County Commissioner Dennis Moss' composed a comprehensive vision for revitalizing the area that included, among many ideas, a state-of-the-art performing arts center. This year, that dream will move closer to reality with a projected groundbreaking this summer.
Construction contracts are expected to be put out to bid to pre-qualified contractors in July, and work would begin soon after. Miami-Dade's Department of Cultural Affairs and Commissioner Moss' office hosted focus group discussions in February with potential patrons including local cultural, religious and not-for-profit organizations to preview the diverse features of the 1,000-seat, multi-purpose center. Commissioner Moss has helped spearhead the development of the performing arts center, to be located on 6.39 acres of land on S.W. 211 Street adjacent to the South Miami-Dade Government Center, since Miami-Dade County purchased the land in 1994.
"Part of the Moss Plan after Hurricane Andrew was the construction of a cultural center that would generate revenue and attract new visitors to this end of the County," said Commissioner Moss. "I am extremely pleased for the residents of South Dade that the finish line for this project is finally in sight."
Commissioner Moss' concept for a cultural village-type area will include the 1,000-seat theater with a fly tower and orchestra pit and a separate activities building that can be used for classrooms, rehearsals and small-scale performances - all nestled adjacent to the South Miami-Dade Regional Library and Cutler Ridge Mal