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Knight Foundation awards a significant $2 million major gift to the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs for the Coconut Grove Playhouse project

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs has received $2 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to benefit the Coconut Grove Playhouse project. This major gift, announced as part of a new $37 million investment to support the arts and anchor institutions, brings the return of regional theater at the Coconut Grove Playhouse one step closer to reality.

Coconut Grove Playhouse Project is Approved by the City’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board

The City of Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board (PZAB) approved the zoning application for the Coconut Grove Playhouse on November 7, 2018. As previously presented during the September 5, 2018 PZAB meeting, City staff strongly recommended the approval of the straightforward zoning exceptions requested in the application as being well within the parameters of Miami 21 code requirements.

Coconut Grove Playhouse Appeal

On October 25, 2018, a three-judge panel in the Circuit Court Appellate Division heard Miami-Dade County’s appeal of the City of Miami Commission’s action, which voted 3-to-2 to overturn the near unanimous vote of their own Historic and Environmental Preservation Board (HEPB) in support of the County’s plan for the Coconut Grove Playhouse. 

Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council elects Xavier Cortada new Chairman

The Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council has elected Xavier Cortada Chairman of the 15-member volunteer advisory board. Mr. Cortada, a professional artist, will lead efforts by the board, appointed by the Miami-Dade County Commission, to develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation in the arts by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations throughout Miami-Dade County.

News, Rumors and the Facts

GableStage sent the update below to its suscribers to provide clarity on the project.

The architectural and engineering work on the Coconut Grove Playhouse is in its final stage. Bidding and construction are next. The County, FIU and GableStage are working to create a great home at the Playhouse for regional theater.
It is important to clarify the “drama” inspired by recent events and media coverage of the Playhouse.

The Facts About the Pending National Register Application

On August 9th, the State of Florida Historical Commission voted to submit an application to the US Department of Interior to nominate the Coconut Grove Playhouse to the National Register of Historic Places. Once the nomination report is finalized by the State Division of Historical Resources, we will post it here. Upon submittal of the nomination by the State, the federal government has 90 days to either approve or deny the application.


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